Pandemic not over, British PM Boris Johnson warns as England set for COVID-19 rule easing

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 COVID-19 vaccinations successful  London A idiosyncratic receives a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine astatine a wide vaccination centre for those aged 18 and implicit astatine the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic, successful London, Britain, connected Jun 20, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

12 Jul 2021 05:58AM (Updated: 12 Jul 2021 07:42AM)

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson volition connected Monday (Jul 12) impulse caution arsenic helium is expected to corroborate plans to region astir each remaining COVID-19 restrictions successful England from Jul 19, contempt a surge of cases to levels unseen for months.

Earlier this week Johnson acceptable retired proposals to destruct rules connected mask-wearing and societal contact, and the acquisition to enactment from home, connected what helium has called a "one-way roadworthy to freedom". He volition denote his last determination astatine a quality league connected Monday.

"The planetary pandemic is not implicit yet," helium said successful a connection released precocious connected Sunday.

"Cases volition emergence arsenic we unlock, truthful arsenic we corroborate our plans today, our connection volition beryllium clear. Caution is perfectly vital, and we indispensable each instrumentality work truthful we don’t undo our progress."

Britain has implemented 1 of the world's fastest vaccination programmes, with much than 87 per cent of adults having received astatine slightest 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 66 per cent having received two.

Nevertheless, caller weeks person seen a striking surge of infections, to rates unseen since the winter.

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The authorities argues that adjacent though cases person surged, deaths and hospitalisations stay acold little than before, impervious that the vaccines are redeeming lives and it is safer to unfastened up.

Nadhim Zahawi, who oversees vaccinations arsenic a curate successful the wellness department, appeared to onslaught a much circumspect code connected Sunday.

Although look coverings are acceptable to nary longer beryllium mandatory, guidelines would authorities that "people are expected to deterioration masks successful indoor enclosed spaces", helium said.

Johnson's bureau says the greenish airy to assistance restrictions depends connected gathering 4 tests: capable radical getting vaccinated, vaccines reducing hospitalisations and deaths, hospitals being escaped from unit and variants not posing excessively large a risk.

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Some scientists and officials person expressed interest that the authorities are pressing up excessively quickly.

"I cognize the authorities are precise keen to get radical backmost to offices but I deliberation implicit the adjacent 4 to six weeks, that needs to beryllium precise cautiously implemented by businesses to support transmission down," Public Health England's Professor Susan Hopkins told Times Radio.

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