Monday, May 23

Covid-19: England abandons almost all its health restrictions

England is abandoning almost all health restrictions linked to Covid-19, although the Omicron variant is still circulating in the country.

This Thursday, January 27, following a government decision, the health measures aimed at combating the coronavirus will be lifted. The reason ? Accustom the population to live with the virus as it was able to do before with the flu.

“As Covid becomes endemic, we must replace legal obligations with advice and recommendations,” Boris Johnson said last week.

Note that this decision comes as Boris Johnson’s rating is at its lowest, following the Party Gate scandal.

A lifting of restrictions that does not convince 100%

A week ago, the English government had already ended the recommendation to work from home for those who could. From now on, the country is abandoning the other restrictions, deemed, until then, to be the weakest in Europe.

Goodbye wearing the mandatory mask indoors and goodbye vaccine passport to access events welcoming a large audience.

While some are delighted with this decision, others like Sadiq Khan wish to remain cautious. Indeed, the mayor of London is firmly opposed to lifting the wearing of masks on public transport. He also announced that he would maintain this measure in the British capital.

A context conducive to the lifting of restrictions?

Last July, England had already completely lifted these restrictions. However, with the emergence of the Omicron variant in the fall, the government had no choice but to reinstate measures to combat the virus, despite strong opposition from the majority.

The country is still experiencing high contamination, with nearly 100,000 new cases recorded every day. Nevertheless, the situation seems to be improving since, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of daily contaminations seems to be decreasing:

Sanitary measures had been put in place in order to strengthen the protection of the population thanks to the vaccination reminder campaign and to continue to try to convince the last recalcitrants to be vaccinated.

According to the government, 37 million booster doses have been administered, reducing serious cases and the number of hospitalizations. According to the latest figures, 64% of the population over the age of 12 received a third dose.

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