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Johnson Celebrates Reopening of Schools as First Step Toward “Normality”


The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has celebrated the reopening, starting this Monday, of the schools of England as a first step to the state of “normality” in the culmination of the first phase of relief of the restriction measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

“It has been a true effort at the national level,” Johnson said in a statement issued late Saturday by his office.

“The sacrifices that each and every citizen have made by staying home while the most vulnerable in our society have been vaccinated, has meant that we can now begin to cautiously ease restrictions,” said the prime minister.

Thus, “millions of children and young people will meet their friends and teachers when schools reopen tomorrow,” he added.

According to the prime minister’s roadmap, the second part of stage one, which will allow open-air gatherings of six people or two households, is scheduled for March 29. Stores could open before April 12 and all restrictions could be lifted before June 21.

Likewise, the British Government has already confirmed the delivery of almost 57 million tests in schools and universities across the country, in addition to the more than five million carried out in educational settings during the closure, with almost one million only last week .

The British Government has confirmed some 6,000 new cases of coronavirus and almost 160 more deaths in recent hours, within a downward trend reinforced by the rapid administration of vaccines in the country.

Thus, the Ministry of Health has reported this Saturday of 6,040 new infections and 158 more deaths due to COVID-19, for a total of 4,213,343 cases and 124,419 total deaths since the declaration of the pandemic last year.

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