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After Boris Johnson suggested on Saturday that the lifting of lockdown restrictions in England would be delayed beyond 21 June, my colleagues Michael Savage and James Trippier have covered the issues the prime minister will have to consider.

They include leaving more time in the hope that it will curb the spread of the Delta variant first indentified in India, which appears to be more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha variant first discovered in Kent, and using the window to collect more data to understand how it affects the number of hospital admissions and deaths.

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