England supporters celebrate after winning the UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final soccer match between Ukraine with 4-0, on July 3, 2021 in London, UK.
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LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to detail the final steps in easing England’s lockdown rules on Monday.
New guidelines on the 1-meter social distancing rule, face coverings, home visits and homework will be announced, the government said on Sunday. A government minister told the BBC over the weekend that some rules, such as wearing a mask, will become a matter of personal choice when restrictions are relaxed.
Johnson is expected to reiterate that Covid will become “a virus that we are learning to live with as we already do with the flu,” Downing Street said in a statement on Sunday evening.
‘Freedom Day’ – or ‘Stage 4’ of the government’s long-term plan to ease restrictions – will take place on July 19 if the government’s ‘four tests’ to ease Covid restrictions are met, will note also Johnson.
Testing includes reviewing the data to confirm that vaccine deployment is continuing successfully and that infection rates are not at risk of increased hospitalizations. These will be assessed on July 12, the government said, after a review of the latest data.
The lifting of restrictions in England was previously scheduled for June 21, but has been delayed as the highly transmissible delta variant has spread throughout the UK.
While infection rates have increased, hospitalizations and deaths have not increased, indicating that coronavirus vaccines are working to prevent serious infections.
The UK government has previously signaled its reluctance to keep the restrictions in place longer than is strictly necessary. This despite some concerns among medical experts and opposition politicians that restrictions could be lifted too soon as the variant spreads to the UK, Europe and beyond.
In comments published on Sunday, Johnson acknowledged that “the pandemic is not over and that cases will continue to rise over the next few weeks.”
“We all need to continue to carefully manage the risks of Covid and exercise judgment in our lives,” he said, adding that “with the successful roll-out of our vaccination program, we are progressing cautiously on our score sheet. road (to lift the lockdown). Today we are going to explain how we can restore people’s freedoms. “
The UK Covid vaccination program has been one of the fastest in the world, with 86% of the adult population now having received a first dose of a vaccine and 63.8% having received two doses, government data shows.
The Prime Minister will announce the details of the lifting of lockdown rules in England at a press conference on Monday afternoon, which is expected to start around 5 p.m. London time. Health Secretary Sajid Javid will present the plans to Parliament at the same time.