Johnson calls for ‘caution’ against Covid-19 before the latest restrictions are lifted

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed, Monday (12), that the restrictions imposed on Covid-19 that are still in force in England will be lifted next week, intent on “restoring freedoms”, but called for “vigilance” against an increase in cases through a severe delta variable infection.

“We believe this is the right time to bring our nation closer to normal life, so we will move to the next phase of our plan on July 19,” Health Minister Sajid Javid told parliament.

From that date, remote work is no longer recommended, nightly entertainment will be allowed to resume, and theaters and studios will be able to have their full public capacity. Also, masks in indoor environments and social distancing will no longer be mandatory.

All this despite the fact that the daily infection of the Delta variant of the coronavirus has already exceeded 30 thousand, and Javid admits that it may reach 100 thousand this summer.

This last step of the disengagement process is scheduled for June 21. After the first delay, the conservative leader does not want to delay it again.

Johnson believes it is time to rely on individual responsibility rather than imposing standards. But he cautioned that while Britain’s successful vaccination campaign severed the link between increased cases, hospitalizations and deaths, “the epidemic is not over and prudence is absolutely essential”.

Therefore, “we recommend that people cover their faces in enclosed and crowded places (…) such as public transportation. We ask nightclubs and other heavily crowded establishments to use the ‘covid pass’, which shows the vaccination voucher,” Johnson explained at the press conference that the test Last passive or natural immunity as a form of entry.

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– ‘Red List’ remains –

The prime minister insisted that lifting restrictions now was better than winter, when respiratory viruses attack the most, and made clear that a new wave of cases at the end of confinement would be inevitable.

More than 128,000 people have died from the Covid-19 virus in the UK so far, which is the worst affected in Europe after Russia.

Authorities predict that by Monday, two-thirds of the country’s 56 million adults will have received two full doses of the immunization and 100% will have had the first dose.

The decision to allow more than 60,000 fans to watch the UEFA Cup final between England and Italy on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London has raised concerns about its impact on injuries.

Among the measures that will remain is the “red list”, which consists of countries from which only British citizens and residents are allowed access, and who must self-isolate for 10 days in a hotel paying £1,750 (€2,400 US$2,000). own. private pocket.

The list includes South America, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic, among other countries.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which decide their own health policies, have chosen to lift restrictions more slowly.

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