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  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed an easing in lockdown restrictions amid fears of a second wave of the pandemic.

    Just hours after imposing tougher measures on swathes of northern England, Mr Johnson announced that casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks, due to reopen on Saturday, would remain shut for at least two more weeks.

    “We’re now seeing a warning light on the dashboard,” Mr Johnson said.

    “Our assessment is that we should now squeeze the brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.”

    The changes, combined with the stricter lockdown imposed on more than 4 million people throughout Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire, are the largest reversal of restrictions to date in the UK.

    England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said the Government had probably reached the limit of reopening society and the economy without causing an increase in the number of infections.

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