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In England, eating inside and hugs are allowed again as coronavirus restrictions ease

Customers enjoy a breakfast inside the Fox on the Hill pub in London on Monday. (Andy Rain/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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More coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England on Monday, with hugs, indoor drinking and limited foreign travel allowed again, even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to apply a “heavy dose of caution.”

People in England are now allowed to socialize outside in groups of up to 30, meet indoors in groups of six from no more than two households, visit the cinema and hug relatives and friends after more than a year of social distancing restrictions.

Here are some significant developments:

  • About 39 million American families will begin receiving direct cash payments in July under a child benefit created by Democrats’ coronavirus relief bill, the Biden administration announced.
  • The CDC turnaround on masks caught many in the Biden administration by surprise, frustrating some who felt the rollout of the new policy was bungled and premature.
  • Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline teased promising results from their coronavirus vaccine trial and predicted that regulators could authorize their shots in the fourth quarter of this year, the companies announced Monday.
  • The deadly coronavirus wave overwhelming India’s health-care system could be just the beginning of a new global surge if the yawning gap in vaccine access is not soon addressed, warned the head of the U.N. children’s agency.
  • Taiwan limited gatherings and ordered entertainment businesses closed over the weekend, as it raised its coronavirus alert in the capital to the second-highest level to contain a new surge in cases.

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