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London ... gradually revived after devastating pandemic


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by Marwan Baltrash

LONDON, June 20 (KUNA) -- Life started returning to normal in the British capital, London, since the economy reopened on May 17 following painful lockdowns caused by the coronavirus.
Major streets, including West End, where shopping centers, restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment facilities, started seeing movement of people rarely seen due to the pandemic.
Revenues generated by tourism in 2019 were more than 24 billion sterling pounds (USD 34 billion), and tourists dropped from 31 million in 2019 to 11.1 million in 2020, but expected to slighty rise to 11.3 million in 2021.
However, the British government decided to postpone easing the remaining restrictions due to the spread of the Indian variant, Delta, until July 19. (end) mrn.bs