UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson this Monday appealed to responsibility as the country presses ahead with easing restrictions imposed by the pandemic, a new step on the country’s “roadmap” to de-escalate.
Johnson has asked the public to continue to “play their part” to ensure COVID-19 does not move forward before recognizing the UK must take this step despite the UK being “another milestone on the” roadmap ” has achieved “caution with an extra dose.”
The easing of restrictions in the UK comes at a time when the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2 is becoming more widespread in the European country. The “Prime Minister” has repeated that the government will “closely monitor” and “take measures that increase infection rates”.
Authorities are running massive COVID-19 diagnostic tests in parts where outbreaks of the variant have been detected, such as in the Bolton area in the Greater Manchester area or parts of London, the BBC reported.
Starting this Monday, residents of England, Wales and most of Scotland with limited attendance will be able to gather indoors, indulge in pubs and restaurants, and hug their loved ones. The ban on international travel has also been lifted.
The UK is currently experiencing a significant improvement in its epidemiological situation. With more than 36.5 million people vaccinated with the first dose and more than 20.1 million with the second, UK health officials have counted more than 4.4 million people living with COVID-19 since the pandemic began infected, including more than 127,600 deaths.