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Boris Johnson next update: When is the Prime Minister’s next Downing Street briefing?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England’s roadmap out of lockdown restrictions would be delayed by four weeks. The rapid rise of the Delta Covid variant across the UK meant social distancing will remain in place until at least July 19.

The initial plan was for all restrictions to be scrapped from June 21 in England.

Nightclubs would have been allowed to open for the first time in 15 months, and all curbs on social contact would’ve been removed.

But, Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press conference on June 14 that the public would have to wait a further month before life returns to normal.

The number of new Covid cases has continued to rise in recent weeks, with the UK hitting more than 10,000 new cases each day for the past three successive days.

At the time, the PM said: “When we set out on our roadmap to freedom a few months ago, we were determined to make progress that was cautious but irreversible.

“There are still millions of younger adults who have not been vaccinated and sadly a proportion of the elderly and vulnerable may still succumb even if they have had two jabs.

“That is why we are so concerned by the Delta variant that is now spreading faster than the third wave predicted in the February roadmap.

“Since today I cannot say that we have met all four tests for proceeding with step four, I do think it is sensible to wait just a little longer.”

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When is Boris Johnson’s next Downing Street briefing?

The Government doesn’t tend to reveal its plans to hold a briefing until the day it’s held.

Therefore, it’s difficult to predict when the public can expect to see the PM once again.

But, seeing as Monday marks the date when the original roadmap should have been coming to an end, he could be making a statement in the afternoon.

There is usually at least one Downing Street briefing per week, while Mr Johnson will be facing Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

Any future briefing will likely focus on the rise of the Delta variant, and the uptake of Covid vaccines.

The UK has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, owing to the introduction of the new variant, originally discovered in India.

While it was always expected that cases would rise with restrictions easing, cases have increased more than anticipated.

It’s believed the Delta variant is more transmissible than both the original coronavirus strain, and the variant first discovered in Kent.

However, as vaccine uptake continues to rise, it’s expected that new cases will start to fall over time.

The UK’s successful vaccine rollout has seen more than 31m people receive both jabs.

A further 12m people are awaiting their second vaccine, after receiving their first dose.

Everyone over the age of 18 is now eligible to book their Covid vaccine.

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