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Boris Johnson slowly deconfines

The British Prime Minister unveils a very gradual exit plan from confinement in England. The first step is to reopen the schools on March 8.

The British Prime Minister unveils a very gradual exit plan from confinement in England. The first step is to reopen the schools on March 8.

(AFP) – It is not easy to reduce covid health measures when we are the country in Europe hardest hit by the coronavirus with more than 120,000 deaths. Yet Boris Johnson is ready to take this bet for the United Kingdom, which had confined itself (for the third time) at the beginning of January in the face of an explosion of the epidemic due to a more contagious variant that appeared in Kent, which led to the hospitals on the verge of submersion.

With the effects of confinement and the mass vaccination campaign being felt, with a drop in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the English Prime Minister can outline deconfinement measures. He will present them to Parliament on Monday afternoon before a press conference in the evening.

The government has already, through Secretary of State for Immunization Nadhim Zahawi, confirmed the reopening of all English schools on March 8. “It’s ambitious but it’s also prudent and data-driven,” Zahawi explained of the BBC. Then, from March 29, outdoor gatherings limited to six people or two different households may be allowed, according to the government’s plan. Non-essential stores, hairdressers, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and museums will have to wait.

“Our priority has always been to get children back to school, which is crucial for their education as well as for their mental and physical well-being,” the head of the Conservative government said in a statement. A statement echoing the comments made in the Grand Duchy by the Minister of Education recalling the need now to try to maintain face-to-face education as long as possible.

Boris Johnson, who had played down the importance of the epidemic for a long time before being infected himself, said any decision would be made based on the scientific evidence at his disposal, and with caution “so as not to undo progress “Made and the” sacrifices “made.

In the United Kingdom, the vaccination campaign launched in December is in full swing: one in three adults has already received a first dose. By mid-April, those over 50 should all have received a first dose of the vaccine. The government has promised that all adults will be offered a first injection of the anti-Covid vaccine by the end of July, advancing a deadline initially set for September.

Four vaccines are currently available to British teams, against three in Luxembourg. In the Grand Duchy, since December 28, 29,993 vaccine doses were administered. The government has pledged to vaccinate 71,335 people by the end of March.


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