Do not rush to avoid tightening the screw: so far accused of a chaotic management of the coronovirus epidemic, by deconfining too late and too early, the leader has a detailed plan to end the crisis in four steps Is made
“We cannot last indefinitely with restrictions that undermine our economy, our mental and physical well-being, and the opportunities for our children’s lives,” Boris Johnson told lawmakers. “That’s why it’s important that this roadmap be prudent, but also irreversible.”
The most bereaved country in Europe with around 121,000 dead, the United Kingdom limited itself for the third time at the beginning of the year, in the face of an explosion of epidemics caused by a more contagious version that appeared in the south of England. Which brought hospitals to the brink of being submerged.
According to a schedule set in each nation, the country is now preparing to loosen the screw slightly, due to sanctions and a massive vaccination campaign causing contamination, hospitalization and deaths.
The most populous country in England, with 56 million people, will reopen for the first time on 8 March, with regular testing in secondary schools.
From March 29, the order to stay at home will be lifted and outdoor gatherings limited to six people or two separate houses will be authorized.
Non-essential stores, hairdressers, pubs – but only outside – and museums will have to wait until April 12. Movies, hotels, stadiums (with a maximum of 10,000 people), hotels and restaurants (indoors) will run on May 17, the day members of different houses can meet indoors.
If health conditions prevail, the ban on social contacts will be lifted at the earliest on 21 June, as telecom will dictate.
Don’t make “same mistakes”
According to the Prime Minister, any decision to relax the restrictions will be taken based on scientific data at their disposal, such as the effectiveness of Kovid’s vaccines, the decline in hospitals and the presence of new variants.
The government based its strategy to get out of the crisis, which is in full swing, on the vaccination campaign launched in early December. One in three adults has already received doses, more than 17.7 million people. By mid-April, more than 50 people should be partially vaccinated, then all adults by the end of July.
“I basically believe that the vaccination program has been a game-changer in our favor,” Boris Johnson said.
According to a Scottish study on Monday, the currently administered Pfizer / BioNtech and AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccines have reduced hospitalizations after one dose by 85% and 94%, respectively.
Labor opposition leader Keir Starr, however, opposed the call from MPs from his own Tory camp to quickly call the leader to rest.
“In the past, we have emerged without adequate caution (…) we cannot make the same mistakes again, this should be the last lockdown,” he said.
Facing the severe economic impact of the epidemic, Boris Johnson has promised to continue supporting jobs, saying the measures will be detailed when the budget is presented on 3 March.
But praising the “clarity” of his plan, the patron of the Federation of British Traders (BRC), Helen Dickinson, called for more “flexibility”, warning that “every day a shop has to be closed which risks” Enhances. ” Never Reopen ”.
Like them, the travel sector has called for financial support from the executive, which is expected to vote in mid-May after a ban on foreign travel.
Border control has indeed been tightened to prevent the importation of variants, and hotel quarantine is now mandatory for residents of 33 countries classified at risk.
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