UK extends Covid lockdown till July 17: Reports

London: The British government has further extended the nationwide lockdown till July 17 and has also decided to quarantine travellers from high-risk Covid-19 countries for at least 10 days.

The Telegraph reported on Saturday, the British government has quietly extended lockdown laws to give councils the power to close pubs, restaurants, shops and public spaces until July 17.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday the government could not consider easing lockdown restrictions with infection rates at their current high levels, and until it is confident the vaccination programme is working.

Britain has recorded more than 3.5 million Covid-19 infections – the fifth-highest in the world – and nearly 96,000 deaths.