Boris Johnson Delays End of England’s Lockdown as Cases Surge

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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back his plan to lift England’s coronavirus restrictions for at least another four weeks to try to prevent “thousands” more deaths and a surge in hospitalizations.

    The government was forced to act after modeling showed hospital admissions could reach similar levels to the pandemic’s first wave of infections in spring 2020 — a peak of 3,099 a day — if Johnson stuck to his schedule to end social-distancing rules on June 21.

    In a televised press conference Monday, Johnson said he had no choice but to delay his plan until July 19, to allow more people to get their second vaccine dose. But he said he is “pretty confident” he will not have to postpone again.

    “The objective of this short delay is to use these valuable, crucial weeks to save thousands of lives — lives that would otherwise be lost, I’m afraid — by vaccinating millions more people as fast as we can,” he said.

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