Boris Johnson deploys police to enforce social distancing, mask wearing

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street in central London on March 18, 2020, on his way to the House of Commons to attend Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) - The British parliament is expected to close on Wednesday because of the coronavirus outbreak, with MPs sent home a week early for their Easter break. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has beefed up stringent measures to ensure compliance with coronavirus health guidelines.

This comes after Mr Johnson confirmed on Friday that the country has witnessed a spike in the number of cases.

As part of measures to mitigate spread, the PM postponed the lockdown loosening to August 15 “at the earliest” while also extending mandatory wearing of face coverings in England to include galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

He also announced that deployment of greater police presence to ensure people wear masks and comply with social distancing.

The Office for National Statistics estimates there are now 4,200 new infections every day, up from 2,000 per day at the end of June – and as a result, the government had no choice but to delay the further reopening of the economy.

The PM said: “until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close contact services must remain closed, indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted but ceremonies of course can continue to take place in line with Covid secure guidelines.”

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