TThe end of the lockdown will be delayed by at least four weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce today – as new figures have revealed cases in England have reached their highest level in more than three months.
The end of social distancing rules – which was slated for June 21 – will be delayed four weeks until July 19, with Mr Johnson expected to urge the public to be patient for a “final uprising,” according to the Telegraph.
It comes amid hopes Mr Johnson will simultaneously announce an increase in the number of people allowed to attend weddings.
Meanwhile, a new analysis shows the rate of new Covid-19 cases in England has reached its highest level in more than three months, with around one in 10 local areas now registering rates above 100 cases per 100,000. people. Two London boroughs have return rates above 100: Lambeth (114.7, as of June 9) and Wandsworth (108.0).
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One in five adults “has less than £ 100 in savings to fall back on”
About one in five adults (19%) have less than £ 100 in savings, according to a construction company.
Indicating a growing gap in the UK’s financial well-being, a similar proportion (20%) of people have managed to increase their monthly savings during the coronavirus pandemic.
The research was conducted for the Yorkshire Building Society, which aims to help more people save.
He found that 21% of people aren’t currently saving, up from 12% in a similar research conducted in 2019.
One in seven people (13%) have no savings to fall back on and more than a quarter (26%) have less than £ 500 in reserve.
England’s Covid-19 case rate hits highest since early March
The rate of new Covid-19 cases in England has reached its highest level in more than three months, with around one in 10 local areas now recording rates above 100 cases per 100,000 people, according to a new analysis.
The figures precede the announcement later Monday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a likely delay in the final easing of coronavirus restrictions in England, which was slated for June 21.
A sharp increase in case rates and the number of hospitals, driven by the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 originating in India, is likely to have persuaded ministers of the merits of postponing the final stage of the roadmap to get out of lockdown.
A total of 37,729 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in England in the seven days leading up to June 9, according to Public Health England.
Impresario says delay in ending lockdown will do ‘significant damage’ to theaters
Theater impresario Sir Howard Panter said the industry would suffer “significant damage” if the final lifting of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England were suspended.
The prime minister is expected to announce that the end of social distancing rules, which were slated for June 21, will be postponed for four weeks until July 19.
Many theaters have remained closed despite the ease of restrictions as it is not financially viable for them to open with reduced capacity.
Sir Howard, co-founder of theater operator Trafalgar Entertainment, said theater producers had “mobilized an entire industry” on condition they could reopen on June 21.
Covid-19 case rate for England
Covid-19 cases and deaths around the world
India reports 70,421 new COVID-19 infections, 3,921 deaths
India reported 70,421 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours on Monday, the lowest since March 31, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the South Asian country now stands at 29.51 million, while the total number of deaths stands at 374,305, the data shows. India added 3,921 deaths overnight.
Bangkok hospitals postpone COVID-19 injections, citing vaccine shortages
Thailand’s recently launched coronavirus vaccination campaign was struck by confusion in the capital on Monday after at least 20 hospitals in Bangkok postponed COVID-19 vaccination appointments set for this week, citing delays in vaccine deliveries.
The hospital’s announcements were made on their Facebook pages, while the Bangkok vaccine booking app also sent messages that appointments after Tuesday would be delayed, as officials sought to reassure the public. on vaccine supplies.
“There may have been confusion because private hospitals have not checked with the administration in Bangkok,” Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters on Monday, adding that more doses were being delivered to Bangkok.
Thailand’s main vaccination campaign relies on 61 million shots of AstraZeneca, produced by Siam Bioscience, a company owned by the powerful king of the country.
Concerns have been raised about a possible production shortfall, with several countries in the region reporting delays in orders for snapshots made in Thailand.
Conservative MP Peter Bone said a delay in lifting the restrictions should not happen “without really good reason” and that currently he “does not see why we should postpone our freedom”.
When asked if he would vote against a postponement if put to a vote in Parliament, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: ‘What I would do is listen to what said the Prime Minister, listen to the arguments, and if I am not convinced that these restrictions are necessary, I would of course vote against it and I hope that every member of the House of Commons will listen to the argument and speak out.
“There has to be a vote in the House of Commons. It cannot be decided by a few ministers sitting behind closed doors. It must be an open and transparent decision.
He said there should only be restrictions “if there is a very clear danger to society”.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the country needs “more help” as it faces a third wave of coronavirus.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today show: ‘Hospital beds are getting shorter, we don’t have enough hospital beds, ICU beds and deaths are increasing, we are. so really in dire straits. “
He said former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was “absolutely right” to call the vaccination gap between rich and poor nations a “moral failure” following the G7 summit.
Mr Ramaphosa added: “I think I should say there has been a lot of help but we need more. We need more help, but we also need more shows of solidarity. Those who are better endowed, who are more able, should help those who are less able. “
A delay in easing the lockdown may also help sever the link between infections and hospitalizations, a public health professor has suggested.
Professor Linda Bauld, from the University of Edinburgh, told LBC that the variant first identified in India now accounts for the majority of cases in the UK, but the death rate among people with this infection was weak.
“You can see among the people infected with this variant, the death rate was 0.7%, only 12 people,” she said.
“We believe these are all the people who had underlying health issues and died with Covid, not necessarily Covid.
“So the proportion of people hospitalized is now half of what it was, if we were in the previous situation in 2020 and 2021.”
She added: “We have weakened that link between infections and hospitalizations and deaths, but we have not broken it.
“And I think we can break it or definitely have it at a much higher level, if more people have both doses.” “
Professor Bauld continued, “We have more and more evidence that vaccines reduce transmission, so we are trying to move towards population immunity, where the virus is just less likely to move between individuals. and this will involve not only reducing serious infections but even mild infections where long Covid could occur.