Boris Johnson’s decision to remove remaining coronavirus restrictions in England has generated fears and caution, with concerns that an increase in infections will put strain on hospitals and the health of the British people
In some areas, face coverings will be suggested but not mandated by law. Nadhim Zahawi, the Minister of Vaccines, said he would make a declaration on vaccinating children between 12 to 17 years old later.
The prime minister, chancellor, and health secretary have all isolated themselves, and there are worries that the number of cases will rise. According to some scientists, UK infections, which are currently about 50,000 per day, might exceed 200,000 per day later in the summer.
In a day nicknamed “Freedom Monday,” Johnson’s government is expected to remove the remaining coronavirus restrictions for England. Businesses have expressed concerns about worker shortages as daily coronavirus case numbers continue to grow across the UK, owing to the large number of people being advised to self-isolate.
The government, on the other hand, has stated that its successful vaccination programme will act as a barrier between an increase in cases and an increase in hospitalizations and fatalities.
The prime minister said in a video released on Twitter on Sunday afternoon that now was the “perfect moment” to move to the next step of England’s exit plan
“If we don’t do it now we’ve got to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it?” he asked, adding that the virus would have the “advantage of the cold weather” in autumn and winter.
“But we’ve got to do it cautiously. We’ve got to remember that this virus is sadly still out there. Cases are rising, we can see the extreme contagiousness of the Delta variant.”
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow health minister, called the removal of legal mask requirements and the encouragement to work from home “reckless,” warning of a “day of pandemonium” on the transportation network as people returned to work after months away.
“The last thing we want on a day like this is chaos and for the public health measures to be undermined,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
But Nadhim Zahawi defended the reopening, saying 90% of the most vulnerable had been vaccinated and it was right for people to take “personal and corporate responsibility” over measures such as wearing masks.
“We’re doing the right thing to get as close to normal as possible, as quickly as possible,” he told BBC Breakfast, saying that the end of the school term would reduce the spread of the virus.
“It’s been literally the best night of our lives. We’ve been waiting for this since we turned 18. This has been like life has come back to normal all of a sudden,” said Mollie, 20.
Mark, an estate agent, said he had previously had Covid and was now fully vaccinated. “I want my life back,” he said