Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on the coronavirus (Covid-19).
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday announced delays in further easing coronavirus restrictions in England for at least two weeks.
Restrictions were initially scheduled to take place over the weekend.
The move comes shortly after the government imposed restrictions on swathes in the north of England following an increase in the transmission rate.
Among the changes, Johnson said receptions of no more than 30 people for a wedding will not be allowed from Aug. 1, with bowling, casinos and skating remaining closed.
Surface coating, which is already required in indoor shops and transportation hubs, will soon be mandatory in more environments.
Speaking at a televised press conference in Downing Street, Johnson said it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal to keep that virus under control.”
He also warned, citing the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, that “the prevalence of the virus in the community, in England, is likely to rise for the first time since May.”
To date, the UK has recorded nearly 304,000 cases of coronavirus, with 46,084 related deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The UK is second only to Russia for the highest number of Covid-19 infections in Europe.