End of covid-19 lockdown in England may be delayed, scientists say

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Coronavirus infection numbers are rising again in England

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The planned lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England on 21 June may have to be delayed, prominent scientists have said, with rising infection numbers threatening to cause a third wave.

On Monday, 3383 lab-confirmed cases were confirmed in the UK – the sixth day in a row that 3000 or more cases had been recorded.

The B.1.617.2 variant from India – now named the delta variant – may now be responsible for up to three quarters of cases in the country, the health secretary Matt Hancock said last week.

Ravi Gupta from the University of Cambridge, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said a delay of a…

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