Facing the winter season which will start within the next few weeks throughout Europe, the British government will announce a series of measures to prevent a new wave of Covid-19, which will emphasize the vaccination and for the moment they would not include strict quarantines, like those that prevailed in 2020 and early this year.
The details of how Britain will deal with the coming months of risk will be announced tomorrow by Prime Minister Boris JohnsonAlthough he opposes quarantines, he does not rule them out in the event that the infections continue.
Among the announcements it is expected that the premier repeal part of the powers granted by the so-called Coronavirus Law, including the powers to close sectors of the economy, such as commercial premises, or apply restrictions to events and meetings.
The powers that he will retain will be those fundamental to protect the population, such as the sick pay those who isolate themselves from the first day instead of the seventh. Also, order the schools to remain open if they close against government guidance and help public hospitals to obtain emergency resources.
What measures will remain in force
As it transpired, the legal requirements for someone to isolate themselves if they test positive coronavirus, in order to protect the most vulnerable from infection and control the spread of variants.
The possibility of reintroducing the use of chinstraps and home work if circumstances require.
It was also reported that travel restriction they will also be revised and simplified. In this frame, the government yesterday abandoned its project to impose a health passport to be able to access discos and other very frequented places.
The vaccines they will continue to be the first line of defense during the fall and winter months backed by new treatments, tests and a world-leading variant surveillance system, Johnson said.
“I am determined to get rid of any powers that we no longer need due to our vaccine defenses.”, assured the prime minister.
The key is to get vaccinated
As of September 9, almost 90 per cent of the UK population aged 16 and over had already received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and more than 80 percent are fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, yesterday another 56 people died from coronavirus, bringing the total for the United Kingdom to 134,200 deaths.
Nevertheless, The British Government hopes that the winter months will bring new challenges and the coronavirus will circulate alongside influenza and other respiratory viruses, while the threat of a new variant remains.
Johnson reported that the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization (JCVI) was asked to consider a vaccine booster program against Covid for the entire population.
At the moment the vaccines of reinforcement is being offered to the most vulnerable sectors of the population, in sanitary terms. The vaccine booster program is also expected to begin this month and a decision will be made about vaccination for children ages 12-15.
“It is a small step to protect ourselves and protect other people”, stressed the premier.