BORIS Johnson held a press conference this evening confirming that Freedom Day WILL be delayed.
The PM said restrictions will stay until July 19 - as the NHS rushes to jab more people, quicker.
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What time was Boris Johnson's announcement today?
The Prime Minister addressed the nation at 6pm this evening in a Downing Street press briefing.
The update also included the latest figures explained by Professor Chris Whitty.
What did Boris Johnson say in his speech?
Mr Johnson today announced that lockdown lifting “freedom day” will be delayed until July 19, 2021, after cases of the mutant Indian strain exploded by 240 per cent in just a week, according to reports.
Speaking at the press conference, the PM said: "We've obviously faced a very difficult choice, we can give the NHS a few more crucial weeks to get those few remaining jabs into the arms of those who need them".
"I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer". He aims to double jab two-thirds of the population by July 19.
He said: "I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer. We will hold off until July 19."
"I am confident we won't need more than four weeks - it's unmistakable clear that the vaccines are working - but now is the time to ease off the accelerator.
"We have the chance to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions more people."
Mr Johnson stressed there was only a need to hold off for for weeks - and stressed we shouldn't slam into reverse.
He also gave brides and grooms a much-needed boost, by scrapping the 30-guest cap on weddings as venues can choose their own safe number.
Boris said he would review the data again on June 28 - and suggested that could be eased early on July 5 if the Covid outlook improves, but that was unlikely.
It was also announced that:
Under plans drawn up to be announced on June 14, a two-week review will be included meaning Covid restrictions could be dropped on July 5 if hospitalisations stay down.
The delay will be used to work out if the vaccine rollout really means rising cases numbers do not spark a surge in hospitalisations - and it will allow millions more people to be double jabbed.
Under the changes expected to be announced, social distancing rules and the rule of six are set to remain in place.
Pubs and restaurants won't be able to open to full capacity, with the number of customers allowed in limited by social distancing rules, and table service remaining.
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How can I watch Boris' speech?
The conference was broadcast at 6pm through various formats.
Viewers could watch the presser on the Sun's official YouTube account.
In addition, The Sun's live coronavirus and politics blogs provide updates and reports during the briefing.