UK reports 5,765 COVID-19 cases, as government plans to ease restrictions
The UK on Saturday reported 5,765 more COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours as the government continues to consider whether or not to move forward with the latest step of easing restrictions on 21st of June.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 4,511,669.
The country has also recorded 13 other coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK to 127,836. These figures only include deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
The UK government faces increasing pressure to delay the final stage of unlocking restrictions in England over concerns over the spread of the Delta variant first detected in India.
“No decision” has been made on whether to ease all coronavirus restrictions on June 21, a Downing Street spokeswoman said on Saturday.
“As the prime minister said, we see nothing in the data at the moment that suggests we need to deviate from the roadmap,” she said, adding that the government would continue to review the latest data.
Public Health England (PHE) said on Thursday that the variant of the coronavirus first identified in India, known as Delta, is now the “dominant” strain in the UK.
The number of cases of the Delta variant has increased by more than 5,000 since last week to 12,431, according to PHE data released Thursday.
From May 17, pubs, bars and restaurants in England were allowed to open indoors, while indoor entertainment resumed, including cinemas, museums and children’s play areas.
People have also been allowed to travel abroad to a number of “green list” countries without having to self-quarantine on their return, as the ban on foreign travel has also been lifted.
The UK government’s roadmap is expected to see all legal limits on social contact removed on June 21. It is understood that a final decision on the planned easing of the lockdown will not be made until June 14.
Experts have warned that the coronavirus could continue to evolve in the years to come, and it is likely that current vaccines will fail to protect against transmission, infection or even diseases caused by new variants.
To get life back to normal, countries like the United Kingdom, China, Russia, the United States as well as the European Union have embarked on a race against time to deploy coronavirus vaccines.