British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he is going to make public today the roadmap for phased deflation in England, starting with the return to face-to-face classes on 8 March and some social contact outdoors.
The details will be presented in a statement in Parliament this afternoon, followed by a press conference later in the day, but Johnson stressed that easing the restrictions will be done “cautiously”, based on epidemiological, health, social and economic factors.
“Our decisions will be made on the basis of the most recent data for each stage, and we will be cautious in this approach so as not to undo the progress we have made so far and the sacrifices each has made,” he said in a statement.
Johnson said that the four assessment criteria, namely advancing vaccination, reducing the number of hospitalizations and the number of cases and controlling the threat of new variants of the virus, are being met, so that face-to-face classes can be resumed. .
From March 8, it will also be possible to residents of nursing homes receive a visitor and two people are allowed to meet outdoors, for a coffee or to socialize.
“From March 29 it will be possible for two families or six people to meet outdoors, and some outdoor sports, such as tennis or golf, “the secretary of state responsible for vaccination, Nadhim Zahawi, told the BBC this morning.
However, it is not yet clear when non-essential trade, bars and restaurants and activities such as hairdressing, tourism and entertainment will be reopened.
England went into confinement on January 4 due to a sudden surge of infections caused by a new variant of the coronavirus that causes covid-19, with the government ordering people to stay home, except for essential shopping, exercise or work.
Due to the regionalization of powers, the rules are different in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where confinements began earlier in December.
Primary school children today started returning to schools in Scotland and Wales, but return to school will be phased in the coming weeks, while in Northern Ireland schools will not reopen until 8 March.
The United Kingdom is one of the countries with the highest number of covid-19 deaths, 120,580 confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and Mexico.
It is also one of the most advanced in terms of vaccination, having administered a first dose to more than 17.5 million people, about a third of the adult population in the country.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,461,254 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 111 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 15,962 people died from 797,525 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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