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Laurence Fox joins anti-lockdown protest outside Parliament before Boris Johnson delays roadmap

LAURENCE Fox has joined an anti-lockdown protest outside Parliament in London ahead of Boris Johnson's announcement to delay his roadmap tonight.

The actor and activist was part of a group of demonstrators marching against the delay in easing lockdown restrictions.

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The group also passed in front of Downing Street, where the Prime Minister is getting ready for a news conference at 6pm in which he is expected to delay the final stage of his roadmap.

Protesters were seen holding placards and hugging in central London, showing their disagreement with the current lockdown measures.

June 21 had been pencilled as the date when all Covid restrictions would be lifted, but the PM always said he would be guided by "data" rather than by "dates".

In recent weeks, the UK has experienced a rising number of the Delta variant, which was first identified in India.

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The strain has been categorised as a variant of concern and it is now believed to account for over 90 per cent of cases in the country.

The Delta variant is also estimated to be 60 per cent more transmissible than the variant first identified in Kent.

On Saturday, Boris Johnson said there was "serious concern" about rising infections and hospitalisations.

Yesterday, he told reporters after a Group of Seven summit: "We're continuing to look at the data. No final decision has been taken and the right time to fill everybody in on what we're going to do with ... June 21 is tomorrow."

Health minister Matt Hancock will update parliament at around 7.30pm after the PM addresses the public.

The potential month-long delay means pubs will be restricted to table service, while theatres and cinemas will continue to be capped at just 50 per cent capacity.

People will be told to continue working from home if they can and nightclubs will remain closed.

Gigs will also take a hit, as the current rules allow for capacity limits of 50 per cent - or a maximum of 1,000 people - indoors.

Outdoor gatherings will remain limited to 30 people, meaning summer BBQs and picnics in the park will have to stay small.

The rule of six will also remain in place for indoor meet-ups, while face masks and social distancing will continue to be enforced.

It comes as the number of people testing positive for Covid rocketed by a third in a week as 7,742 more infections were reported today.

Deaths are currently staying low - with three more fatalities recorded in the past 24 hours.

But 1,089 people are in hospital with the virus - with 161 in ventilated beds.

Boris Johnson 'seriously concerned' about Indian 'Delta' Covid variant as he prepares to delay June 21 lockdown easing

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