Britain suspends further reopening of economy over spike in COVID-19 cases

The UK Government has suspended further re-opening of the economy and imposed new rules due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers.

The reopening of high-risk activities such as casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks, which was meant to begin on Saturday, will be delayed until at least August 15.

The reintroduction of indoor performances and pilot schemes of larger crowds at sporting events have also been postponed.

“I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional-that we would not hesitate to put the brakes on if required. Our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal,” Boris Johnson said in a Downing Street briefing on Friday.

The Prime Minister , who earlier this week warned of a “second wave” of cases in Europe, added that Britain “cannot be complacent” about increasing infection numbers.

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