MADRID, 23 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “very optimistic” on Tuesday and believes that he will be able to lift the restrictions in force due to the COVID-19 pandemic in England on June 21, under his four-phase plan to deconfine the country.
According to the ‘roadmap’ presented on Monday, the British Executive hopes that “all legal limits around social contact” can be lifted at the end of the fourth phase, which will begin, at the earliest, on June 21 .
“I am very optimistic that we will be able to get there,” said Johnson, as reported by Sky News. “I am hopeful”, he added, noting that, however, nothing is “guaranteed” and the total elimination of the limitations “depends on the way in which we continue to be prudent and follow the guide in each step”.
The Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, has also expressed himself in this line, who has warned that all citizens “have to do their part” so that the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are eased.
The British plan contemplates five weeks between each of the steps, four to collect data on the impact of easing limitations and one to inform the public about what will happen next.
On the other hand, the British ‘premier’ has guaranteed that the Executive will review the concept of vaccination passports, although he has indicated that there are “complex and deep issues” to consider in this regard.
In this sense, he pointed out that the idea of certificates that report on the epidemiological situation of a person regarding COVID-19 to attend, for example, a theatrical function, is a “novelty” for the country. The Cabinet Minister and ‘number two’ of the British Government, Michael Gove, will be in charge of reviewing the proposal, as reported by the BBC.
The British Ministry of Health has verified 8,489 new cases of COVID-19 and 548 additional deaths on Tuesday. With these figures, the global count for the United Kingdom has risen to 4,134,639 million infected people and 121,305 fatalities.
For their part, the British health authorities have administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to more than 17.9 million people, while about 642,800 have also been inoculated with the second.
REOPENING OF SCOTLAND
Meanwhile, Scotland’s Chief Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that the reopening of the territory’s economy – including shops, bars, restaurants, gyms and hairdressers – will begin in the last week of April.
Sturgeon has detailed that there will be a “progressive relaxation” of the restrictions before the proposed date and the Scottish Executive will allow the meetings of four people from two different families in outdoor facilities on March 15. From that date, all primary and secondary students will also be able to return to classrooms.
Sturgeon, who added that authorities hope to lift the stay-at-home order by April 5, stressed that the proposed ‘road map’ is “deliberately cautious” in its early stages.
“But in the following weeks, if the data allows it and the positive trend continues, we will seek to accelerate the relaxation of the restrictions,” he said, reports the BBC.