Relaxation to curb the coronavirus epidemic in England could begin on March 8, Boris Johnson said on Monday. The British prime minister will inform the lower house of London on Monday afternoon of the timetable for lifting the restrictions, and a press conference will be held in the evening. As a first step in the opening, students can return to schools.
In a preliminary statement released by Downing Street at Monday dawn, Boris Johnson said the plan, which he outlines during the day,
He stressed that the London government has always considered the most important mitigation measure to be for children to return to school, as this is extremely important not only for their education but also for their mental and physical well-being. The British government also makes it one of the most important tasks for people to finally meet their loved ones in safe conditions.
Boris Johnson also stressed, however, that each step in lifting the restrictions will be decided on the basis of the latest available data, and the government will be careful not to undermine the progress made so far in curbing the epidemic by sacrificing the population.
The Prime Minister has announced that the UK government has put together a four-point set of criteria and all four conditions must be met before any further steps can be taken to ease the restrictions.
The four criteria for unlocking a short circuit are that
- the vaccination program continues successfully,
- Evidence shows that coronavirus vaccines reduce the number of hospital admissions and coronavirus deaths among vaccinees.
- current infection rates do not threaten to increase the number of patients in need of hospital treatment to an extent that would put unsustainable pressure on the public health service (NHS),
- or if there is no new virus variant that fundamentally changes the risk assessment.
Downing Street said Monday that all four of these criteria are currently met, so
on March 8, the government will take the first step to easing the restrictions.
According to the London Prime Minister’s Office, the choice was made because the British Government’s Joint Vaccination Committee (JCVI) said that by then some degree of protection would be established in the four most vulnerable populations on the body’s vaccination schedule.
At the top of the JCVI priority vaccination list are residents and carers of nursing homes over 80 years of age and those working in the front lines of health care and care services, followed in chronological order by 75, 70, 65, 60, 55, and finally People over 50 follow.
15 million people have already been vaccinated
The first official goal was to have at least the first dose of coronavirus vaccine available to all members of the top four at-risk groups on the JCVI priority list by 15 February, last Monday.
This goal was met one day before the deadline, and JCVI experts say that in this group, protection will develop three weeks after the first dose of the vaccine, at the latest by the March date for the first mitigation measures.
Boris Johnson has previously emphasized that a cautious opening is possible only because the government is determined to make the process leading to the lifting of restrictions irreversible and to make the current national closure since early January, the third since the epidemic began. the last such restrictive measure.
We wrote earlier that the Orbán government still considers it premature to ease restrictions in the absence of adequate vaccinations,
the only solution is a vaccine.
Cecília Müller added this at a press conference at the operational tribunal last week. He emphasized that Hungary follows the principle of consistent defense and still does not consider mitigation to be a good tactic.
It is not right that we alleviate and then tighten and then alleviate again. The epidemic won’t let go of its grip, so it’s not time for that yet.
he stressed national chief medical officer.
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