Wed 19 January 2022:
The majority of Covid restrictions in the UK will be eased next week, according to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who made the statement on Wednesday (January 19). In addition, he stated that starting Monday, Covid’s isolation period would be reduced to 5 days (January 24). He did warn, however, that the Omicron variant of coronavirus was not mild, and that people who had not been vaccinated should be extremely cautious.
He indicated that the limits on Plan B Covid would be lifted, and that they would return to Plan A.
Johnson also told the British parliament that people would no longer be required to wear masks in enclosed locations or when working from home, and that they would no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination when visiting public spaces such as nightclubs, shops, or public transportation.
Moreover, he said that masks will not be mandatory in UK schools Thursday onwards.
Johnson said that these steps were being taken after a successful mass booster jab programme in the country.
“Many nations across Europe have endured further winter lockdowns… but this government took a different path,” Johnson told lawmakers, saying the government had got the toughest decisions right and that numbers going into intensive care were falling.
“Our scientists believe it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally… because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A.”
Boris Johnson is currently under a lot of political pressure as a result of ‘partygate.’ The ‘BYOB’ party held in Johnson’s residence 10, Downing Street, has put him under fire from the British public and legislators.
The anger is palpable as common citizens were under strict lockdown last year when the party took place on the lavish garden of the prime ministerial residence. About 100 people were in attendance.
Boris Johnson apologized in parliament, but he has stated that he will not resign.
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