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Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in England.

Image Credit: AP/Alberto Pezzali

The long awaited day for the UK has arrived. The day that all pandemic restrictions have been scrapped as if we are in the pre-pandemic world. The reopening went ahead despite a surge in the amount of cases due to the delta variant.The UK is one of the mostly vaccinated country in the World, with 68% of UK adults fully vaccinated. Nightclubs, bar, stadiums are now all open. Social distancing is no longer required, in a scenario that reminds us of how the world was before the pandemic. Face masks are recommended in some areas, but not required by law. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak must still spend their first few days of ‘freedom’ quarantined as they came in contact with British Health Secretary Sajid Javid who came out out positive and their NHS app ‘pinged’.

The interesting part is that not all UK will be lifting restrictions as only England will do so. Other countries in the UK are being more cautious amid a surge in the cases due to the delta variant as hospitals might be in a risk of being overwhelmed. Earlier this month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed that the country must reopen and the British people must learn to live with the virus. He admitted that there would be more cases and deaths.

I want to stress from the outset that this pandemic is far from over. We must reconcile ourselves, sadly, to more deaths from COVID…if we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks, when we will be helped by the arrival of summer and by the school holidays, then we must ask ourselves ‘when will we be able to return to normal?

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month.

The UK are recording an average of 50,000 cases a day, the highest COVID rate in 6 months. Despite this the UK Prime Minster went ahead with the reopening of the economy ignoring thousands of scientists’ plea to stop the reopening as it would create a disaster. There are currently half a million people self-isolating after being ‘pinged’ by the app. This seems to be the only ‘restriction’ that will remain so far.

UK’s guidance against travelling to amber list countries has been scrapped, and fully vaccinated people do not require self-isolation for 10 days after visiting such countries in the list, except thos coming from France due to the recent spread of the Beta variant of the virus.

More details to follow.

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