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UK’s Johnson delays lockdown easing by a month, citing Delta variant risk

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By William James and Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) -Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed his plans to lift COVID-19 lockdown restrictions by a month on Monday, warning that the more infectious Delta variant meant if he did nothing thousands more people might die. Under the final stage of a plan outlined by Johnson in February, he had hoped to lift most social restrictions on June 21, meaning pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other hospitality venues could fully reopen. That much-anticipated step was pushed back to July 19. “I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer,” Johnson told a…

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