The UK Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, has given reassurances this Thursday that the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is being “withdrawn” and that it is the “right” time to lift the restrictions currently in place in England.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Wednesday that restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Omicron will be lifted next Wednesday as planned. It imposed the return of teleworking, the mandatory use of a mask and the need to present the vaccination certificate against COVID-19 to access certain facilities.
According to the BBC, Javid has argued that the UK is “opening a new chapter” in its fight against the pandemic. In that spirit, Northern Ireland authorities have confirmed that restrictions will also be lifted next Wednesday, including the requirement to present vaccination records to access pubs.
Britain’s Department of Health confirmed a further 107,364 this Thursday, a number in line with those of the past few days, that is data stabilizing after weeks of record daily infections. So far, 15,613,283 people have been infected in the European country since the start of the pandemic, while 153,202 have died – 330 than in the previous tally – according to official figures.
The Johnson Executive has entrusted the development of the pandemic situation in the country to the vaccination plan against COVID-19. As of this Thursday, 83.6 per cent of the UK population has the full vaccination schedule, while 63.8 per cent have already received their third dose.