England will end almost all Corona measures on July 19


London (AP) – England will lift almost all Corona measures on July 19 and largely return to normal. Distance rules and mask requirements end, night clubs are allowed to reopen, and there are no longer any audience restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed this in London on Monday – and at the same time called for caution. “This pandemic is far from over. This disease continues to put you and your families at risk, “Johnson said. The population cannot simply return to life as it was before the corona pandemic. Rather, the government expects “common sense” from everyone. Political observers in London criticized the government for wanting to shift responsibility onto the people.

Due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, the number of new infections in Great Britain has recently risen again significantly. The seven-day incidence, i.e. the number of new cases per 100,000 people in one week, was last at 311.7 (as of July 7).

The government strongly recommends continuing to wear masks in crowded places such as public transport, Johnson said. In addition, nightclubs and other venues are urged to check the vaccination status of their guests and visitors with the help of digital evidence. But then there is no longer a legal basis for this. The tough entry rules, which require quarantine for people who have not been vaccinated or for those coming from “red countries”, remained in force, the prime minister said.

Johnson’s scientific advisors admitted that the number of new infections, hospital admissions and deaths would continue to rise if the corona rules are now relaxed. How strong this increase will be depends on the behavior of the population, said the chief scientific advisor Patrick Vallance. He said full vaccination significantly reduced the risk of infection and death. However, the scientific panel of experts warns Sage in a report published on Monday of at least 1,000 hospital admissions and 100 to 200 deaths per day.

“Not a perfect time for this step”

Health Minister Sajid Javid said in parliament that the requirements for lifting the corona rules had been met. That the move is possible is thanks to the efforts of the British and the vaccination program. “To those who ask why we are taking this step now, I say, if not now, then when?” Said Javid. “There won’t be a perfect time for this step because we just can’t eradicate this virus.” At the same time, the minister stressed that the government would remain vigilant. She is ready to react with harshness if new, more dangerous corona variants make this necessary.

From July 19 onwards, UK residents who are fully vaccinated or who are minors will be able to enter the country without quarantine. This does not apply to tourists – not even to those who have received both of the doses necessary for full vaccination protection. Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said he was working on a solution.

The easing only applies to the largest British part of the country, England, which does not have a government of its own. The regional governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are responsible for their own health policies. It takes longer there until the corona rules are lifted.

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Sajid Javid, UK Minister of Health, speaks to MPs in the House of Commons about the government’s plans regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: — / House of Commons / PA Wire / dpa© — (dpa)

Sajid Javid, UK Minister of Health, speaks to MPs in the House of Commons about the government’s plans regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: — / House of Commons / PA Wire / dpa

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