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August 1, 2020

Johnson postpones next stage of lockdown lifting

National

August 1, 2020

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said he would postpone the next stage of lockdown easing for at least two weeks due to a pick-up in COVID-19 infection rates, foreign media reported.

“On Saturday 1 August we had hoped to reopen in England a number of the higher-risk settings that had remained closed ... Today I am afraid we are postponing those changes for at least a fortnight,” Johnson said at a news conference. “I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people ... I am really, really sorry about that but we simply cannot take the risk.”