The “Day of Freedom” has to wait. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (56) has announced that the corona measures in England will not be completely lifted as of June 21, as originally planned. His government is now aiming for July 19 as the date for the removal of all restrictions.
This is due to the so-called delta variant of the corona virus, which first appeared in India. Although the British vaccination campaign is well advanced and more than 56 percent of adults are already fully vaccinated, the Delta variant has caused the number of infections in the country to skyrocket again.
Around 7,000 new infections every day
After only very few new infections were counted for weeks, the so-called seven-day incidence is now back at just under 65. The value reflects the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week. In absolute numbers, the country has recorded an average of around 7,000 new infections every day in the last few days. 90 percent of this can be traced back to the delta variant.
Shops and restaurants have been reopening in the UK for weeks. The original plan in England was to lift all contact restrictions still in force on Monday next week. The other parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland decide themselves about their Corona rules. The regulations there differ only slightly from those in England.
The corona numbers are also rising again in Russia. There have been hardly any restrictions in Moscow for months. According to the Corona crisis center, the number of confirmed new infections is 13,721 nationwide on Monday. 6,590 of these relate to the capital Moscow alone. The previous day there were 14,723 nationwide – more than since February 13th. (noo)