Boris Johnson announces a four-week delay to lockdown easing
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Dan Walker, 44, quickly took to Twitter on Monday evening after Boris Johnson’s highly-anticipated announcement regarding the new changes to ‘Freedom Day’. The Prime Minister accidentally said that lockdown would be extended until 29th July instead of 19th July, which is four weeks following the original date, 21 June.
July 29th must be an error by the Prime Minister
With thousands left confused by what we can only assume was a mistake, Dan rushed to social media to try and make sense of it.
“July 29th must be an error by the Prime Minister,” he penned.
“Mondays have always been the day things have changed so he must have meant July 19th #lockdownextension.”
Following the explanation, fans took to the comments section to blast Boris for not being able to get such an important piece of information right.
“If he can’t even get the date correct then what chance do we have!” one moaned.
A second said: “How can you make an error on something so important? Unacceptable.”
“An error? By this government? It can’t be!!” a third couldn’t hide their sarcasm.
A fourth wrote: “I noticed that! Just another mistake from our leader!!!!!!!”
Someone else noticed: “He also said ‘company’ instead of ‘country’ at one point.
“He’s too busy trying to blister his way through things. He needs to concentrate and be concise when he speaks.”
While another joked: “Well I’m glad that’s all clear then. The company’s Freedom Day has moved to Monday 29 July which is actually a Thursday and is actually not that day at all. Excellent, carry on.”
But others stuck up for the PM, with one saying: “Wonder how many of those nit picking have NEVER made an error and how many have worked so many consecutive days and hosted world leader summits….I’ll hazard a guess….None!!”
During the announcement, Boris confirmed that the last phase of lockdown would indeed be pushed back, due to the threat of the Delta variant, which was first identified in India.
“Now is the time to ease off the accelerator because by being cautious now, we have the chance in the next four weeks to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions more people,” he said at the press conference in Downing Street.
The extension is said to allow the Government to accelerate giving second vaccinations to those most vulnerable.
“Vaccination greatly reduces transmission and two doses provides a very high level of protection against serious illness and death, but there are still millions of younger adults who have not been vaccinated and sadly a proportion of the elderly and vulnerable may still succumb even if they have had two jabs,” he added.
The variant is said to be growing in the UK at 7% week on week and the Government fears that if restrictions were to be fully lifted next Monday, then hospitalisations could rise to the levels seen in the country’s first wave.
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