The U.K. was due to end its COVID-19-related restrictions on June 21, but the government now says it is “absolutely open” to delaying the date, arguing it is still too soon to make a decision in light of the recent rise in infections.
- About 5,300 cases were reported in the U.K. on Sunday, taking the weekly tally to 33,500 or 49% more than the week before.
- Health secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday that the Delta variant, now dominant in the country, is 40% more transmissible than the domestic Alpha variant, explaining the government’s recent caution.
The country is preparing to vaccinate the country’s teenagers starting in August, after medical watchdogs cleared the vaccine from drug company Pfizer
and Biotech BioNTech
for use on 12 to 15 year-olds.