Coronavirus: UK must not 'squander hard-fought gains' in June, Nadhim Zahawi says

Coronavirus: UK must not 'squander hard-fought gains' in June, Nadhim Zahawi says

Cases of the Indian 'Delta' Covid variant in England have more than tripled in a week from 12,431 to 42,323 and the strain appears to be spreading 64 per cent faster than the Kent variant, health chiefs confirmed today. Britain's vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi hinted at a delay to the end of the lockdown roadmap when he said the UK must not 'squander those hard fought gains that we have made through the vaccination programme'. Mr Zahawi said No10 would have to be 'really careful' when moving forward now so the country can avoid the virus bouncing back and triggering a massive third wave or mutating again. It is now almost certain that Boris Johnson will delay the 'Freedom Day' end of restrictions slated for June 21, which could have seen crowd limits lifted at large events, weddings and bars. The PM is keeping his cards close to his chest but ministers have been dropping hints that he will delay, to the despair of business and hospitality leaders who are desperate for a normal summer to recoup losses from the …
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