Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Coronavirus in Great Britain. Boris Johnson: We are on a one-way path to freedom


– There is no guarantee that the current lockdown will be the last – announced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. However, he admitted that vaccinations made Britain “on a one-way path to freedom.”

– With each passing day, the current vaccination campaign creates a protective shield around our population. We are now on a one-way street towards freedom, Johnson said, summing up on Downing Street’s plan to recover from the lockdown in England earlier in the House of Commons.

According to it, from March 8, schools will return to full-time teaching, and subsequent stages will be introduced at intervals of at least five weeks until June 21, when – if everything goes well – the remaining restrictions on social contacts will be lifted. “I cannot guarantee that progress will be irreversible, but the intention is that it will,” said the head of the British government.

Both he and his companion, Chief Medical Officer of England, Chris Whitty, stressed that COVID-19 cannot be completely eradicated or the number of deaths reduced to zero. Whitty warned that each successive step in easing the restrictions could cause the R-factor, which determines the level of viral transmission, to rise again above the cutoff of 1.0, but that vaccination would also reduce hospitalizations and deaths.

Whitty, when asked how many deaths the public should prepare as a result of the easing of the lockdown, replied: “Significant numbers of people die from respiratory infections in the UK each year.” Coronavirus will be added to this list for the foreseeable future.

In turn, the government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, warned that some of the security measures introduced because of the epidemic, such as covering the face in certain situations or the system of restoring infected contacts, will also be needed next winter.

On Monday, it was reported that 10,641 coronavirus infections were detected in the last 24 hours, which is a similar balance to those from the last week, and 178 deaths were registered. This is the first time since December 13, the death toll has dropped below 200. Since the start of the outbreak, 4 million 126,150 coronavirus infections have been detected in the UK, of which 120,757 resulted in full-blown COVID-19 and death.

Until Sunday inclusive, 17,723,840 people received the first dose of the vaccine, and the second – 624,325 people.

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