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Coronavirus live news: England likely to delay final stage of lockdown easing; cases in Russia hit three-month high

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More from this morning’s radio and TV in the UK, where Prof Tom Solomon from the University of Liverpool told BBC One’s Breakfast show the country could not afford another “bad decision” on unlocking in England, as the government mulls a four-week delay to 21 June’s relaxation of rules.

He said:

If you look at hospitalisations, they are doubling – the numbers are small but they are doubling approximately every seven days – and so if you then suddenly say we are going to open up completely we may end up with the hospitals overwhelmed again.

So I think, unfortunately, we are just going to have to maybe give it another month until we have so many more people vaccinated.

This Delta variant seems to be about 60% more transmissible than that (the Alpha variant).

So it really has gone up another gear and that means that we really have to double down and not lose all the advantage that has been gained by the massive effort that has been put in so far.

Infections in Russia have reached a three-month high, as cases rose sharply for the fifth day in a row, Reuters reports.

The latest figures announced by the Russian government show 13,510 new cases on Saturday and 399 more deaths. Friday recorded a rise of 12,505 and 396 respectively.

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