Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19).
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The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, announced this Friday a delay in the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England for at least two weeks.
A relaxation of restrictions had been scheduled for the weekend.
The move comes shortly after the government imposed restrictions on the northern strips of England following an increase in the transmission rate.
Among the changes, Johnson said wedding receptions for up to 30 people will no longer be able to take place from Aug. 1, with bowling alleys, casinos and skating rinks.
Facial covers, which are already needed in shops and indoor transportation centers, will also be mandatory in more environments.
At a televised press conference in Downing Street, Johnson said it was time to “tighten the brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.”
He also warned, citing the latest figures from the National Statistics Office, that “the prevalence of the virus in the community, in England, is likely to increase for the first time since May.”
To date, the UK has reported nearly 304,000 cases of coronavirus, with 46,084 related deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The UK is only in Russia for the largest number of Covid-19 infections in Europe.