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Boris Johnson's 'serious, serious concern' as Delta coronavirus variant spreads

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus is a matter of “serious, serious concern” as scientists have urged him to delay the easing of all measures pencilled in for June 21.

He is expected to announce a delay to lockdown lifting in England of up to four weeks on Monday amid warnings the country is facing a third wave of the virus.

He told Sky News on Saturday: “It’s clear that the Indian variant is more transmissible and it’s also true that the cases are going up, and that the levels of hospitalisation are going up.

“Now, we don’t know exactly to what extent that is going to feed through into extra mortality,

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