British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, visited a pharmaceutical factory when he visited Northeast England on February 13, 2021.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Monday how and when to begin lifting lockdown restrictions in England.
Government ministers are expected to discuss the details of the “road map”
Johnson is expected to provide the latest data on infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as early data showing the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine.
He is also expected to confirm that schools in England will reopen on March 8 and reveal more details about other restrictions that will be lifted.
The government said in a statement that lifting the country’s third lockdown since the beginning of January “will strive to strike a balance between health, economic and social factors and the latest epidemiological data and recommendations.”
Data, not date
Johnson has repeatedly stated that the relaxation measures will be prudent and will be driven by “data rather than date.” However, he also said that because members of the Conservative Party demanded that the economy be reopened, he hoped that the removal of restrictions would be “irreversible.”
Nevertheless, the government insists that easing policies must be implemented in stages to avoid any leap in infection rates.
In a comment made before the announcement on Monday, Boris Johnson said: “Today, I will develop a road map to enable us to exit the blockade cautiously.”
“We have always prioritized getting children back to school. We know this is essential to their education and their physical and mental health, and we will also prioritize the way people can reunite with their loved ones safely.”
The patient arrived at the Royal London Hospital on January 5, 2021 in an ambulance in London, England. The British Prime Minister announced in a national television speech on Monday night that the UK will enter the third blockade of the covid-19 pandemic. This week, the UK recorded more than 50,000 newly confirmed Covid cases for the seventh consecutive day.
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“Our decision will be made on the latest data at each step, and we will be cautious about this approach so that we will not undo the progress made so far and the sacrifices each of you made to preserve yourself and others . The others are safe.”
Four key tests
Johnson said the government has set four key tests before the UK can pass every step of the plan. these are:
- The vaccine deployment plan continues successfully.
- There is evidence that the vaccine is sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalizations and deaths among vaccinators.
- The infection rate will not increase the risk of hospitalization, and hospitalization will put unsustainable pressure on the National Health Service.
- The new coronavirus variant has not fundamentally changed its assessment of risks.
The government said that since these four tests are currently being met, the first step to lift the lockout restrictions will begin on March 8. The government has stated that starting from this date, residents of nursing homes will be able to receive a visitor.
After the school reopened, the government said it would relax measures to reduce outdoor social activities.
The BBC reported on Monday that starting from March 29, outdoor gatherings of six or two families are expected to be allowed, and outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts or basketball courts will be reopened. The broadcaster added: “People can still travel to their area again, although the guide may still advise you to stay there and stay overnight is not allowed.” It is not yet certain when bars, restaurants and non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen.
Variations and vaccinations
The pandemic vaccination response in the UK is a silver lining. It is the first country in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine, which is a drug candidate for Pfizer and BioNTech, and it was introduced to the oldest population, nursing homes, medical staff and hospital staff in early December.
Then, it approved and started to manage the AstraZeneca/Oxford Poke, a cheap vaccine produced in the UK that is easier to transport and store than competitors’ Poke, so that its immunity rate remains enviable Level.
Since then, it has expanded its promotional activities to more priority groups, such as all groups considered to be clinically vulnerable, and plans to vaccinate every adult British citizen by the end of July, and propose this goal from September. According to government data, as of Saturday, more than 17.5 million adults have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and more than 600,000 of them have received both vaccines.
Data shows that new infections are declining, and early studies have shown that coronavirus vaccines can also help prevent the spread of the virus and prevent serious diseases.
In the past 7 days, the UK has received 77,432 new coronavirus cases, which is 16.2% less than the previous week. The death toll in the last 7 days was 3,414, which is also 27.4% lower than the death toll in the previous 7 days. The hospitalization rate is also declining.