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Plans to allow fans into UK events abandoned amid rising Covid infection rates

'Glorious Goodwood' has been taking place behind closed doors this week, but had hoped to allow spectators in over the weekend. Those plans have now been cancelled. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Plans to allow fans into a number of sporting events across the UK as a pilot for re-opening venues have been cancelled at the last minute, after the country experienced a spike in Covid-19 infection rates.

The prime minister Boris Johnson announced today (Friday) that the ban on allowing supporters into venues would be extended by at least a further two weeks, saying that “we must squeeze the brake pedal” on lifting lockdown conditions after figures appeared to show rising infections in the country for the first time since May. 

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