The Telegraph reported that the British government has strengthened isolation laws related to the Coronavirus to give local councils the power to close restaurants, shops and public places until July 17.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government could not consider easing lockdown restrictions with infection rates currently high and until it had confidence in the success of the vaccination program.
The newspaper reported that the change in laws governing coronavirus restrictions was made as part of Health Minister Matt Hancock’s review of the third general isolation measures earlier this month.
The newspaper said that those laws that applied to England only were scheduled to expire last week, but have now been extended until July 17, when the school summer vacation begins.
Britain has recorded more than 3.5 million cases of Covid-19, the fifth highest rate in the world, in addition to about 96,000 deaths.