The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this Wednesday a tightening of restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic in England, such as the return of teleworking or the requirement of a vaccination card for access to certain facilities, ahead of concerns about the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.
At a press conference, the ‘Premier’ justified that the government had acted “as soon as the Omikron variant was discovered”. “We don’t know all the details of the virus, but it seems clear that it is spreading rapidly,” he warned before admitting that the variant cases found so far in the UK are “much more” than confirmed.
For this reason, it has confirmed that the executive branch has decided to tighten restrictions in England, measures included in what the Johnson administration has called “Plan B” which it presented in September due to the worsening situation . A tightening of the measures is in the opinion of the “Prime Minister” a “proportionate and sensible” approach.
For example, England will be introducing telework again from Monday for those who can do their work in this way, while the mask requirement will be extended in most public places such as theaters and cinemas from this Friday.
In addition, vaccination card is required to enter nightclubs and facilities that can lead to crowds, according to the BBC. Johnson, on the flip side, has asked citizens to get the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their turn.
The British government said Tuesday that the first evidence suggests that the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is “more transmissible” than the Delta after Health Minister Sajid Javid warned on Monday that the variant was already in the European country is jointly transferred. To date, UK health authorities have identified more than 560 Omicron infections.
The UK Department of Health has recorded 51,342 additional infections and 161 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. With that number, the total has increased to 10,610,958 infected people and 145,987 deaths since the pandemic began.
The British Parliament has already approved the reintroduction of the mask requirement in public transport and shops in England as part of the worsening pandemic situation in the European country and in view of the concerns raised by the Omicron variant. The UK lifted the mask requirement and other restrictions imposed by the pandemic on July 19.
The high numbers of COVID-19 infections, which the UK health authorities have sustainably verified in recent weeks, have led experts to call on the government to take restrictive measures to stop the spread of the disease.
The UK government has trusted the evolving pandemic in the country and the lifting of restrictions to curb its progress on the COVID-19 vaccination schedule. As of Wednesday, 81.1 percent of the UK population has the full schedule.