BORIS Johnson will make a major announcement at 6pm today that June 21’s lockdown lifting will be delayed until July 19.
A two-week review will be included meaning coronavirus restrictions could be dropped on July 5 if hospitalisations stay down.
But sources told The Sun the chances of lifting restrictions as planned on June 21 were close to zero due to a 240 per cent surge in the Indian strain, now known as the Delta variant.
The Prime Minister will address the nation at 6pm this evening to announce the news, which will be seen as an enormous blow to thousands of businesses up and down the country.
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