Prolonging the agony: Johnson to delay lifting lockdown for four weeks

Closed (still): lockdown restrictions are likely to continue beyond June 21 for another four weeks. Let’s hope Boris Johnson’s stupidity doesn’t force another extension after that.

‘Freedom Day’ – the moment when the UK is set to be free of all Covid-19-related lockdown restrictions – is to be delayed until July 19 because of Johnson’s failure to keep the delta variant out.

The new date happens to be This Writer’s birthday. Happy birthday to me!

I’m thinking of having a big party where everyone who knows me can come and do all the things we’ve all been banned from doing for the previous 16 months…

The number of infections has increased again. On Friday (June 11) there was an increase of 8,125 – up 30 per cent on the previous Friday’s 6,238 new cases, themselves a 49 per cent increase on the Friday before.

A further 17 deaths (within 28 days of a positive Covid diagnosis) were recorded – which is massively up from the zero deaths of Bank Holiday Monday (obviously).

Conspiracy theorists will be delighted because it gives them a chance to claim that the government simply doesn’t want to lift restrictions on our freedoms.

Some of them will be saying the Tories are looking for a new illness to keep us isolated. Well, it won’t be monkeypox (I hope); Hancock has reported an outbreak but it’s only two cases, isolated in North Wales.

And after all the traumatic experiences we’ve had since March 2020, our politicians would have to be really bad – a danger to the public – to let this one run as badly out of control as Covid.

Oh dear.

I suppose you’d better all prepare for the worst.

Source: June Freedom Day ‘delayed until July 19’ – but social distancing may end earlier – Mirror Online

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  1. Debbie Wiles June 11, 2021 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Just in time for my birthday on the 20th as well.

    Monkeypox has also seen a patient admitted in Liverpool.

    • Mike Sivier June 13, 2021 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      Oh great. Maybe they’ll make an epidemic of it yet.

      Happy birthday for the 20th though!

  2. PMsw3681 sw June 12, 2021 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Bit by bit, he will up the lockdown. It’s not going to end any time soon. Don’t be silly in saying it will. This will go on for years.

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