The British government have extended the national coronavirus lockdown until July 17th, according to the Telegraph.
The restrictions include adding 10 day quarantines to visitors from high risk Covid-19 countries. Visitors must remain in hotels for 10 days starting from Monday.
The decision came quietly on Saturday, as parliament gave councils the power to close pubs, restaurants, shops and public spaces until July 17.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the public that the new coronavirus variant could be associated with higher mortality. The Covid-19 death toll is nearing 100,00 – hitting 97,329 this weekend.
On Friday, Mr Johnson said he will not consider easing the lockdown with infection rates at such high levels. Especially, since the government is unable to ward off rising new variant infections amidst the vaccine push.
Currently, 5.9 million people have received the Covid-19 vaccine.
Although the government gathered pace with administering the vaccine, they advised leaving a gap of 12 weeks between the first and second dose. This advise is against Pfizer and BioNTech advisory.
The government decided on the gap to ensure as many people as possible receive protection from the initial vaccine dose.
The 12-week gap goes against World Health Organization guidance. Consequently, Pfizer and BioNTech both warned they have no evidence the vaccine will remain effective after a 12-week gap.