Boris Johnson has postponed the next stage of lockdown easing in England until at least 15 August due to a rise in Covid-19 infection rates. The announcement, made at a hastily arranging Downing Street press conference, came hours after the government imposed new restrictions on more than 4 million people across northern England. ‘I’m really, really sorry about that, but we just cannot take the risk,’ Johnson said about the impact on businesses and families.
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