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Johnson’s U.K. Virus Gamble Sparks Fear and Unease as Cases Grow

  • Doctors warn of threat to health service from extra pressure
  • Economists expect dip in consumer confidence on fresh wave
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U.K.'s Johnson Says 'This Pandemic Is Not Over,' Urges Caution

Boris Johnson’s decision to ease remaining coronavirus restrictions in England is prompting growing fear and calls for caution, fueling worries that a surge in infections will strain hospitals and undermine Britain’s economic recovery.

Doctors are warning that the fresh toll of the pandemic will overburden an already beleaguered National Health Service that’s struggling to clear a large backlog of other operations, while economists expect a dip in consumer confidence in the coming weeks due to the greater perceived threat to public safety.