Is Boris Johnson making an announcement today? What time is it and what will he say?
The Prime Minister has said his ‘living with Covid’ plan will bring the country ‘back to normality’ as he intends to scrap the requirement to self-isolate in England.
Boris Johnson will meet his cabinet on Monday morning before briefing MPs in the afternoon on his pandemic exit plan.
He said the proposal would be to “finally set people free” after “one of the most difficult times in the history of our country”.
The UK was one of the worst-hit European countries during the first wave of coronavirus in spring 2020 and the number of people with Covid-19 recorded on their death certificates has now risen to over 183,000 according to the ‘Office for National Statistics.
When will Boris Johnson make his announcement?
The Prime Minister’s announcement will come just over 24 hours after it was confirmed the Queen had tested positive for coronavirus.
Although the exact timing of his announcement has not been confirmed by Downing Street, it is expected to take place at 2.30pm.
Following his statement in the House of Commons, the leader of the Conservative Party is expected to give a press conference in the evening.
What will Boris Johnson say in his announcement?
Mr Johnson is expected to confirm that the UK Government plans to remove the legal requirement for those who test positive for coronavirus to self-isolate by the end of the week.
It is expected to set a timetable to reduce the availability of free coronavirus tests – although the elderly and vulnerable will continue to have access
Downing Street said the plan for living with Covid-19 would be “vaccine-led”, with the program remaining open to those who have not yet had a shot.
Plan B measures designed to slow the spread of Omicron, such as requiring masks to be worn in public places and the use of Covid passes for major events, were abolished in England last month.
Mr Johnson told the BBC’s Sunday morning show that the UK had spent £2billion on testing in January alone and that such high spending need not continue.
Why is Boris Johnson lifting restrictions in England?
Downing Street said the vaccination program had left England in a “strong position to consider lifting remaining legal restrictions”, with more than 81% of adults given a booster dose and Covid cases continuing to rise. to lower.
Speaking ahead of his announcement on Monday, Mr Johnson said: “Today will mark a proud moment after one of the most difficult times in our country’s history as we begin to learn to live with Covid.
“This would not be possible without the efforts of so many – the NHS who ensured the lifesaving vaccine was deployed at phenomenal speed, our world-renowned scientists and experts and the general public for their commitment to protecting themselves and their families. relatives.
“The pandemic is not over but thanks to the incredible deployment of vaccines, we are now getting closer to a return to normality and finally giving people back their freedoms while continuing to protect ourselves and others.”
Health experts have criticized the decision to drop the quarantine requirement after a positive result.
British Medical Association Chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul called it a ‘strange decision to make’ as there are ‘more people dying, more people in hospital’ than before. introduction of Plan B measures last year in response to the pre-Christmas rising tide of Omicron enclosures.
Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of Sage’s modeling subgroup, told Times Radio there was a ‘genuine concern’ that eliminating periods would lead to more workplace infections.
Labor also questioned thinking about reducing the availability of free lateral flow tests, with shadow health secretary Wes Streeting warning: ‘We’re not out of the woods on Covid yet.’
Former Tory minister Tim Loughton has said he believes testing should continue to be “widely” available.
Mr Johnson told the BBC Britain was in a ‘different world’ after emerging from the wave of Omicron variants, with the number of intensive care patients ‘falling’.
He said the latest data meant it was time for the UK to shift the balance between “state mandate” and “personal responsibility”.