UK lifts all epidemic prevention restrictions from 24th, treats COVID-19 as flu

British Prime Minister Johnson announced the “coexistence with the virus” policy today. In addition to continuing to use vaccines as the first-line defense tool, from the 24th, mandatory isolation after diagnosis, contact tracing, and screening results before entering public places will be lifted.

Johnson (Boris Johnson) pointed out that although before April 1, it is best for people with confirmed cases to stay at home and not to go out easily, but after that, the government will encourage people to “self-restrain”, even if they have symptoms, they will be treated as they are. Influenza attitude.

Johnson & Johnson reported on the administration’s “Living with the Virus” plan in Congress today. He emphasized that after two years of efforts across the country, epidemic prevention should now move from “government restrictions and interventions” to resorting to “personal responsibility” to protect oneself and others without losing freedom and maintaining emergency response capabilities.

“We don’t need to use the law to force people to think of others,” he said, noting that thanks to a successful vaccine policy, Britain’s ability to remain open despite a severe winter outbreak of the Omicron mutant virus has helped Britain’s economy Growth was ahead of the rest of the Group of Seven (G7) countries last year.

Official figures show that more than 66% of people over the age of 12 in the UK have received three doses of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine. According to the new regulations, high-risk groups such as those with particularly weak immunity and the elderly over 75 years old can receive the fourth dose at an interval of more than 3 months after the third dose.

Johnson & Johnson announced that the government will no longer require people who have been fully vaccinated but have a history of close contact to take daily tests for 7 consecutive days, and will lift the self-isolation requirement for people who have not been fully vaccinated but have a history of close contact.

The UK government provides a large and easily available free rapid screening tool, but this also creates a financial burden. Johnson & Johnson said today that the budget for testing, tracing and isolation for the 2020-2021 financial year exceeded the Home Office’s full year budget, and the related spending in January this year was as high as 2 billion pounds. From now on, the symptomatic and asymptomatic free inspections for the general public have been cancelled, and only the elderly and other high-risk groups can continue to implement symptomatic free inspections.

In the part of international cooperation to fight the epidemic, Johnson & Johnson mentioned that the UK will fulfill its commitment to donate an additional 100 million doses of vaccines to countries by June this year, in order to achieve the goal of donating 1 billion doses of vaccines to the world within one year set last year. In addition, the government will continue to support relevant domestic research and development efforts and ensure access to various pipelines for new treatments, vaccines and other preventive tools.

Johnson said the outbreak will not disappear suddenly, so those who expect restrictions not to be lifted until the battle against the virus is “completely over” are restricting the freedoms of the British people for a long time, and his government “doesn’t believe this is right.” , or a necessary course of action.” “We don’t need to pay the huge cost to our economy, society, our mental health and our children’s lives as a result of the pandemic restrictions,” Johnson said.

The Prime Minister’s Office pointed out that COVID will be regarded as infectious diseases such as influenza, and the government’s epidemic prevention advice to the public will also be handled accordingly, such as ensuring indoor air circulation, wearing masks in crowded or confined spaces, and washing hands frequently. In addition, before April 1, it is best for people with confirmed cases to isolate at home for at least 5 days until the screening results are negative for two consecutive days. The government will successively release new implementation rules for the epidemic prevention policy in the future.

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