Almost all restrictions have been lifted in England

Freedom Day or jump into the unknown? England is ditching the mask and effectively removing all restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, a move that worries the scientific community and policymakers.

COVID-19 has killed more than 128,700 in the UK as pollution has skyrocketed for weeks. It is the hardest-hit country in Europe in terms of the number of cases and has crossed 50,000 new daily infections two days in a row.

Among those infected is Health Minister Sajid Javid, who was forced to self-isolate after announcing his infection on Saturday.

With the country abandoning the mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, in the contact issue, are also subject to a period of isolation.

Keir Starmer, leader of the main opposition Labor Party, denounced the “chaotic” situation.

Despite the ever-growing wave of cases, Boris Johnson confirmed the lifting of nearly all remaining restrictions in England on Monday, calling it “Freedom Day”, preferring to rely on the “individual responsibility” of each.

Il s’appuie sur le succès d’une campagne de vaccination menée tambour battant depuis décembre — plus de deux tiers des adults entièrement vaccinés — qui a « fortement affaibli » le lien entrepreneur maladie, hospitalisations et de systé et de systé Confrontation.

However, Boris Johnson, in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday, called on residents to take action, stressing the “severe contagion” of the delta variant. “Please be careful,” he said.

This major step in dismantling was scheduled for June 21, but was delayed by four weeks in order to vaccinate millions more and save time in the face of the virus’s advance.

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Since midnight, halls and stadiums can reopen at full capacity, discos can welcome the public again, bar service is again available in pubs and there is no longer any limit on the number of people allowed to visit.

A mask is no longer mandatory, but is recommended in transport and shops.

Health officials in Scotland and Wales, for their part, retain the obligation to wear a mask in public, indoors and on transport.

Up to 100,000 new cases

To the labor opposition, the government is “reckless” in the face of increased pollution due to the delta variable, which is particularly contagious. The Minister of Health, the number of daily infections may reach 100,000 this summer.

A group of influential international scientists have called on the UK government to reverse its decision, which “threatens to undermine efforts to control the epidemic not only in the UK but in other countries as well”.

Even in Boris Johnson’s conservative camp, the concern is stark. Former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said the situation was “extremely dangerous” with an increasing number of hospitalizations which could prompt the government to reimpose restrictions, as was the case in Israel or the Netherlands.

There are currently around 550 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in the UK compared to more than 4,000 patients at the height of the second wave in January.

In addition to infections, millions of people, in case of contact, have been asked to stay at home for ten days.

To prevent the health services from facing staff shortages, the government has announced that in England fully vaccinated caregivers who have been identified as contact cases can now go to their workplaces where they will be checked daily rather than monitored strict isolation among them.

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At the border, the facilities will go into effect on Monday.

People who have been fully vaccinated in the UK and who come from countries classified as “orange”, including many tourist destinations such as Italy or Spain, will no longer need to be monitored for quarantine upon arrival in England. However, France is an exception due to the “continuous presence” of cases of the beta variant, which worries the government due to its resistance to the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is widely used in the UK.

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