UK plans to lift the COVID self-isolation rules

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought new changes in covid-19 rules and regulations; the new law requires the citizens infected with COVID-19 to self-isolate could be lifted by the end of the month as fall in infection rates will soon end all the domestic coronavirus restrictions.

On Wednesday, Johnson told the United Kingdom Parliament that according to current data of covid infections, he has expected to end the previous domestic restrictions, also regarding the legal provisions of self-isolation if an individual has tested positive.

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The present rules state that people who test positive with the covid infection has to self-isolate for five full days; the current rules will expire on March 24.

Johnson further added that he plans to lift the COVID-19 curbs when Parliament returns from a short break on February 21.

Last month, the state’s ruling government dropped most remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including wearing face masks that are no longer necessary to wear in disclosed places in England, excluding London’s public transport network. Vaccination passports to access nightclubs or crowded events were also scrapped, as people were advised to work from home.

The move comes amid a decline in both new infections and COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in the UK since early January when the highly transmissible Omicron variant pushed the daily caseload to more than 200,000 a day. The average number of everyday infections is currently hovering around the 64,000 mark, the lowest recorded since mid-December.

The government officials have appreciated the government’s booster jab programme in order to prevent the surge of cases with Omicron variant from causing severe health issues to the country’s healthcare system.

Nationwide, 65.4 percent of people aged 12 and over have acquired a booster vaccine, and 84.5 percent have been fully vaccinated. The government plans to switch from legal restrictions to advisory measures and treat the coronavirus more like the flu.

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The UK has the second-highest COVID death toll in Europe after Russia, with more than 159,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

 

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