England will lift last virus restrictions on July 19

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that all remaining lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted in a week despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

Johnson said it was “the right moment to proceed” as schools break up for the summer vacation, but urged people to “proceed with caution.” He said although risks of the pandemic remain, legal restrictions will be replaced by a recommendation that people wear masks in crowded places and on public transport.

Nightclubs and other venues with crowds should use vaccine passports for entry “as a matter of social responsibility.” Authorities say Britain’s successful vaccine rollout means that nine out of 10 adults in the U.K. now have antibodies against the virus.

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