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PM Boris Johnson Announces a Range of Lockdown Changes in UK

PM Boris Johnson Announces a Range of Lockdown Changes in UK
Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a range of changes to lockdown today in UK..

From August 1 the Government will change its advice on working from home, to give employers discretion over whether to ask staff to go back to work, Mr Johnson said.

Confirming the extra £3 billion in funding for the NHS to prepare for a possible second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Boris Johnson said Covid-19 could become “more virulent” in winter.

Boris Johnson said: “Demand for testing is not the only challenge that winter will bring. It’s possible that the virus will be more virulent in the winter months and it’s certain that the NHS will face the usual annual winter pressures.”

He added: “We’re making sure we’re ready for winter and planning for the worst.

“But even as we plan for the worst I strongly believe we should hope for the best.

Local authorities in England will also have new powers from Saturday to tackle coronavirus outbreaks, including closing specific premises, shutting outdoor spaces and cancelling events.

The PM said: “From August 1, we will reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rings, casinos and we will enable close contact services, beauticians to resume.

“Nightclubs, soft play areas – sadly – need to remain closed for now, although this will be kept under review.

“We will restart indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sport stadia, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn.

“We will also allow wedding receptions for up to 30 people.”

The Department of Health reported 66 more deaths across all settings on Thursday, taking the total to 45,119.

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