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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo dark clouds and heavy rain sweep over the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The U.S. government's budget deficit surged to an all-time high of $1.7 trillion for the first six months of this budget year, nearly double the previous record, as another round of economic-support checks added billions of dollars to spending last month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to “behave responsibly” as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopened after months of lockdown. Monday brought the easing of restrictions that had been in place in England since early January. They were imposed to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant first identified in the southeast of the country. Long lines formed outside some stores, including a branch of Nike Town in London’s busy Oxford Street, and pubs and restaurants with outdoor space reported a flood of bookings. The chief executive of the British Retail Consortium said businesses that have endured months of enforced closure were “excited and desperate” to welcome customers back.