England is ready to lift almost all anti-Covid restrictions
Most legal restrictions to prevent the spread of the
coronavirus in England will be lifted next week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the British Parliament. From Monday, face masks will no longer be mandatory anywhere in England.
"Our scientists believe it is likely that the Omicron wave has now reached its national peak," Johnson said.
Restrictions in England were among the least stringent imposed across Europe to counter the Omicron wave. They include a requirement for face masks to be worn in crowded indoor spaces, mandatory COVID-19 permits - which indicate vaccination status or a recent negative test - to enter the premises. large and instructions to work from home where possible.
The Prime Minister said that his government hoped to remove the only legal requirement left, for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to be isolated for at least five days.
Although the number of cases remains high in the UK, the number of new daily infections has decreased by 38.9% over the past week. The number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 has also started to decline.