England will begin on March 8 to extricate itself from the third national confinement in which it has been immersed since January 5. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the broad outlines on Monday, February 22, in the House of Commons. As is a tradition, which he has not always respected since his arrival at 10 Downing Street (in January 2019), he will officially announce it to the British during a televised statement in the evening.
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« Our priority has always been to get children back to school, which we know is crucial for their education as well as for their mental and physical well-being. “, He explained to justify the reopening of schools, colleges and high schools on March 8. He added that high school students will be tested twice a week.
Un Boris Johnson prudent
The carefree Boris Johnson who paraded a year ago, hugging his colleagues, meeting without mask his interlocutors, gave way to a cautious Boris Johnson. His hospitalization, then his passage through intensive care marked him. The death of more than 120,000 of his fellow citizens, a record in Europe, too. The government does not intend to take the risk of once again de-confining too quickly. ” It is crucial that this program be prudent but also irreversible, ”He warned. “ Our decisions will be determined by numbers, not dates and subject to four tests “, He warned.
The first concerns the continuation of the vaccination program. To date, 17.5 million Britons have received the first dose of the vaccine, 600,000 the second. A record in Europe. All Britons over 70 were offered the first dose of the vaccine by February 15 and those over 60 started to be vaccinated. Boris Johnson has set himself the goal of providing a first dose to everyone over 50 by April 15, and everyone over 18 by the end of July.
“The end is truly in sight”
The second: the authorities also want to ensure that the vaccination will reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths. Monday morning, the first analyzes showed that the first two vaccines, Pfizer / BioTech and Oxford / AstraZeneca, reduce hospitalizations by 85% and 94%.
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The third element to take into account is that the infection rate does not cause an increase in hospitalizations which would put unmanageable pressure on the health system. Finally, the government will ensure that new variants of the virus do not endanger the program.
« The end is truly in sight Boris Johnson recalled. On March 29, meetings between several households will be allowed outdoors. A long-awaited moment, stores deemed non-essential will be able to reopen their doors from April 12, in a month and a half. Museums and bookstores too. Restaurants and pubs may reopen to serve on the terrace. On the other hand, hotels and B & B will have to wait until May 17 to welcome customers. Restaurants can also welcome their customers indoors. Finally, all restrictions should be lifted on June 21, or 455 days after the start of the first confinement, on March 23, 2020. In the meantime, Boris Johnson has indicated that the establishment of a vaccination passport will be studied, but no more precision.