UK to remove COVID-19 guidelines as omicron wave soars


The British Government has decided to remove all the restrictions imposed to fight against the Omicron Variant as the number of infections has peaked in the United Kingdom. The announcement was made on Wednesday (19 January).

The Government has ordered to lift the previous guidelines such as work-from-home, wearing masking, using the COVID-19 pass to enter big events or nightclubs, and students will no longer be required to wear face masks at school premises.


UK Prime Minister “Boris Johnson,” told MPs that the “extraordinary booster campaign” was to bring the change.

He further added that more than 36 million boosters had been provided, over 90 per cent of people aged 60 and older now receiving the third dose, and the prevalence of cases had decreased for several weeks.

“I encourage everyone across the country to continue with all the cautious behaviours that we know help to keep everybody safe,” Johnson said.

Scientists have yet to answer one question: to which different extent factors are driving infections down. Vaccines, boosters and runaway infections play a significant role, but protection is more effective against hospitalisation and death than against catching the virus.


Studies indicate that the Omicron result in less severe illness and 15 million boosters have been facilitated to every age group; hospitalisations and deaths have remained well below previous highs. The number of infections has fallen steadily in 2022, with 108,000 new cases reported on Wednesday.


Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced in the press conference that the steps announced by the Government represent a significant milestone. Further, he said the British Government was setting a long-term plan to live with the coronavirus and suggested we must “learn to live” with COVID-19″ as we do with seasonal flu.

“It’s reasonable to think just as we’re living with flu, for example, we don’t require people to legally self-isolate but to remain cautious,” Javid added.

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