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What time is Boris Johnson’s press conference and what is he expected to announce?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson (PA Wire)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (PA Wire)

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a delay to the final lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England at a press conference on Monday evening.

The Prime Minister is widely expected to confirm the ending of social-distancing rules–which had been slated for June 21–will be delayed for four weeks to July 19.

The move follows warnings from scientists that the rapid spread of the Delta variant, first identified in India, risks a “substantial” third wave if it is allowed to spread unchecked.

When is Boris Johnson’s press conference?

Boris Johnson will lead a press conference from Downing Street at 6pm.

In a now familiar formation, he will be flanked by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer and Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser.

What is Boris Johnson likely to announce?

The Prime Minister is expected to announce the end of social-distancing rules will be delayed for four weeks to July 19, with the BBC reporting early on Monday the decision had been signed off by senior ministers.

Mr Johnson is expected to appeal to the public to show patience, with one last push to ensure that when controls do finally end it is “irreversible”.

How can I watch Boris Johnson’s announcement live?

As is usual, the press conference will be broadcast live on TV news channels.

You can also follow the Standard’s live Covid blog here for all the latest breaking news.

Why is June 21 lockdown unlocking going to be a delayed?

The move follows warnings from scientists that the rapid spread of the Delta variant, first identified in India, risks a “substantial” third wave if it is allowed to spread unchecked.

The latest daily Government figures from Sunday showed another rise in infections with a further 7,490 lab-confirmed cases in the UK–up 2,149 from a figure of 5,341 the previous week.

The data also had England with a total of 35,971 positive tests in the past seven days at a rate of 63.9 per 100,000 people.

How will the news likely be received?

It depends who you are asking - polling shows the British public is broadly supportive of a delay to so-called ‘Freedom Day’ but the arts and entertainment sector are unhappy with the postponement.

Theatre impresario Sir Howard Panter has said the industry will suffer “significant damage” if the final lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England is put on hold.

Conservative MP Peter Bone said a delay to the lifting of restrictions should not happen “without really good reason” and that currently he “can’t see the evidence why we should be postponing our freedom”.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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