After ‘warning light’, British PM halts COVID lockdown unwind

By Alistair Smout and Paul Sandle

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday postponed a planned easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England after a rise in infections amplified fears of a second deadly surge in COVID-19 cases.

Just hours after Britain imposed tougher measures on swathes of northern England, Johnson announced that casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks, due to reopen on Saturday, would remain shut for at least two more weeks.

Wedding receptions would also not be allowed.

“We’re now seeing a warning light on the dashboard,” Johnson told reporters at an online news conference from Downing Street when asked about a second surge.

“Our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.”

Britain’s death toll from COVID-19 is over 55,000 when deaths from suspected cases are included, and it has the highest “excess death”

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Covid-19 could lead to longer exhibitions in British museums

Social distancing will be in place and masks will be strong recommended when the museums reopen
Social distancing will be in place and masks will be strong recommended when the museums reopen

The Victoria and Albert, Science, and Natural History museums could offer longer exhibitions to boost revenues with dwindling numbers of returning visitors.

Bosses of the three South Kensington institutions have announced doors will reopen to those craving culture in August, but capacity will be reduced by around 80%.

In light of visitors numbers and revenues being slashed due to coronavirus, V&A director Tristram Hunt has suggested future shows could last longer and give the public more time to attend.

It is hoped extended exhibitions could buy museums time to make returns on their displays, while also giving visitors the chance to peruse in peace without the usual crowds of tourists or school trips.

“The exhibitions are going to stay on show longer, in order to make the return on them,” said Mr Hunt.  “And

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