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Following two monotonous years Boris Johnson at long last announces that ALL Covid rules – including self-segregation in the wake of testing positive – are set to be rejected from the finish of THIS MONTH

Following two monotonous years Boris Johnson at long last announces that ALL Covid rules - including self-segregation in the wake of testing positive - are set to be rejected from the finish of THIS MONTH

Following two monotonous years Boris Johnson at long last announces that ALL Covid rules – including self-segregation in the wake of testing positive – are set to be rejected from the finish of THIS MONTH

Boris Johnson has pronounced that all Covid rules including self-disconnection set to go from month’s end
The PM affirmed he will spread out the arrangement for ‘living with Covid’ when Commons gets back from half-term break
Mr Johnson said that as long as ’empowering’ patterns proceed with all limitations will be lifted a month sooner
Boris Johnson today proclaimed that all Covid limitations are set to be chopped out from the finish of this current month.

The PM made the emotional declaration on finishing the guidelines – including the lawful necessity for the people who test positive to hole up – toward the beginning of PMQs in the Commons.

Mr Johnson said he would spread out the full system after the half-term break on February 21, yet as long as ’empowering’ patterns proceed with limitations can go in England a month sooner than the current expiry date of March 24.

The progression was welcomed with thunders in the chamber, with numerous Tories having been pushing for the public authority to underscore the pandemic.

Corona virus cases have been on a descending direction after the Omicron flood and passing have stayed far underneath the feelings of dread of numerous specialists – in spite of the fact that disease levels have poked up in many pieces of the UK week-on-week.

The Plan B prerequisites for individuals to telecommute where potential was dropped last month, alongside most facial covering rules and mandatory Covid passes.

The nation has been dependent upon for all intents and purposes remarkable peacetime limitations since mid 2020.
Bringing down Street focused on that individuals with irresistible sicknesses ought not go to work environments.

Be that as it may, the following intelligent advance for government could be hacking out free Covid testing – which has been costing billions of pounds.

It is a long way from clear that Scotland and Wales will take cues from Mr Johnson – as the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon and Labor’s Mark Drakeford have been undeniably more wary.

Travel rules could likewise remain set up on individuals coming to the UK.

The news could give Mr Johnson a truly necessary lift as he fights to stick on in the midst of harming Party-gate charges.

‘Mr Speaker I can perceive the house today, that it is my aim to return on the primary day after the half term break to give our technique for residing Covid,’

Mr Johnson told MPs.

‘Given the current empowering patterns in the information proceed, it is my assumption that we will actually want to end the last homegrown limitations, including the legitimate prerequisite to hole up in the event that you test positive, an entire month early.’

Wellbeing Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: ‘We are the freest country in Europe because of the solid protections we have fabricated. We’re figuring out how to live with COVID.’

Keir Starmer’s representative wouldn’t say whether he supported the finish of limitations, demanding he just knew what the chief said toward the beginning of PMQs.

Ruler Frost, who quit Cabinet mostly in fight at draconian controls, was among the senior Tories applauding the move.

‘The PM’s arrangement to end all Covid limitations a month ahead of schedule is the best thing to do and is very gladly received. I trust the public authority will likewise clarify we won’t go not too far off of coercive lock-downs at any point in the future,’ he tweeted.

In more dramatization at Westminster today:

A well-being pastor is confronting calls to leave subsequent to going on with a gathering with dispossessed guardians regardless of being educated she had tried positive;
Another photo has arisen of Mr Johnson facilitating a Downing Street test by means of zoom during lock-down, with a container of effervescent apparent;
There are signs that Brits are turning out to be progressively certain the pandemic is finishing with occasion organizations detailing a spike in appointments;
Keir Starmer handled the PM over misrepresentation and energy charges yet overlooked the seething line over Mr Johnson’s Jimmy Savile ‘slur’ from the week before.

  • Keir Starmer tackled the PM over fraud and energy bills but ignored the raging row over Mr Johnson’s Jimmy Savile ‘slur’ from last week. 
Boris Johnson: ALL Covid rules set to be scrapped from end of month
The PM made the dramatic announcement - including self-isolation for those who test positive - at the start of PMQs in the Commons
The PM made the dramatic announcement – including self-isolation for those who test positive – at the start of PMQs in the Commons

Lord Frost was among the Tories hailing the announcement from Mr Johnson today
Lord Frost was among the Tories hailing the announcement from Mr Johnson today
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the announcement from the PM showed the UK is the 'freest country in Europe'

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the announcement from the PM showed the UK is the ‘freest country in Europe’

Sajid Javid finally unveils NHS backlog plan to wipe out long waits

Official’ Covid deaths are over-blowing the daily toll by two-fifths, Government data suggests amid calls for the daily updates to be scrapped under the No10’s plan to live with the virus.

Latest figures from the UK Health Security Agency — which count deaths as those within 28 days of a positive test — show 1,663 fatalities were registered in England and Wales during the week ending January 28.

But looking at the data by the number of death certificates mentioning the virus, however, shows there were only 1,385 logged.

And if the data is broken down to show where the virus was the underlying cause of death, only 986 were posted — 40 per cent below the official tally.

The rise of the milder Omicron strain has led to a similar pattern emerging in hospitals, where half of virus inpatients are not primarily needing treatment for the infection.

Critics have warned that the rise in so-called ‘incidental’ cases, driven by the sheer prevalence of Omicron, is skewing the Government’s daily coronavirus statistics.

An infection survey released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today showed Covid-19 infection levels have risen in most parts of the UK, with only Wales showing a clear week-on-week fall.

In England around one in 19 people in private households are estimated to have had the virus in the week to February 5, or 2.8 million people – up from one in 20, or 2.6 million people, in the week to January 29, though the ONS describes the trend as ‘uncertain’.

Northern Ireland saw infections continuing to increase week-on-week, from one in 15 people to one in 13 – the highest since records began – while in Scotland the estimate is up from one in 30 to one in 25.

In Wales, around one in 25 people is estimated to have had Covid-19 last week, down from one in 20 the previous week.

However, more up-to-date official Covid statistics last night showed cases and hospitalizations falling again.

Government dashboard data showed there were 66,183 new positive tests logged over the last 24 hours, down 41.1 per cent on the 112,458 recorded last week.

It was the lowest daily infection figure on a Tuesday since December 14 — towards the start of the Omicron wave.

The number of people admitted to hospital with the virus also fell, dropping 12.8 per cent to 1,421 on February 3, the latest date data is available for.

But deaths increased for the first time in six days, increasing 43.4 per cent from 314 last week to 219.

The number represents how many deaths were recorded in 24 hours — not the total that actually occurred.

Covid deaths by day of occurrence have been dropping for more than a week, as the UK continue to emerge from the winter wave.

Downing Street said it would never recommend anyone go to work when they have an infectious disease.

Asked if the change would mean people could go to work if they had Covid, the PM’s official spokesman said: ‘

So there would be guidance, that would not be what we are recommending.

‘What we would simply be doing is removing the domestic regulations which relate to isolation.

‘But obviously in the same way that someone with flu, we wouldn’t recommend they go to work, we would never recommend anyone goes to work when they have an infectious disease.’

He added:

‘We’ve talked about how we will need to manage living with corona-virus as we emerge from this pandemic. We are entering into that phase of endemicity as I’ve talked about, and it’s only right that we adjust according.’

The spokesman said the announcement ‘shows that the hard work of the British people is paying off’.

‘This would represent an important step for this country as we move out of the pandemic,’ they said.

‘And it is thanks to the British people who stepped up when needed – both at the start of the vaccination programme and the booster programme over Christmas, we saw people come forward in huge numbers very quickly.

‘And it’s that level of protection that has meant that we are able to emerge much faster.

‘It is a boon both for the public – we are able to restore freedoms – but also to our hard-hit businesses, particularly hospitality, enabling our economy to grow further.

‘It shows that the hard work of the British people is paying off.’

The PM’s press secretary said businesses would be given a ‘wide range of guidance’ on how to treat employees following the removal of the Covid self-isolation requirement.

A spokesman for Sir Keir said:

‘All Keir heard was the one sentence at the start of PMQs. We will be looking for a lot more detail before we comment on that.

‘We will judge it, as we always have, on the science. Let’s see what the plan says when it appears, rather than the Prime Minister’s comments in the chamber.’

Scottish Tory health spokesman Sandesh Gulhane called on Ms Sturgeon to lay out her plan for life after Covid soon.

‘The Scottish Conservatives have made it clear that we want to see the progressive easing of Covid restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so,’ he said.

‘The SNP need to outline a timetable for ending self-isolation when they publish their plan on February 22 for how Scotland returns to normal.’

A leading expert today argued that vaccinations for younger children should not happen because it is ‘past the point’ where they would make much difference.

Paul Hunter, professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, told the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

‘I would lean against offering it to this age group for a number of reasons, particularly although you’ve said we’ve seen very high infection rates in children in recent weeks, they’re actually falling really quickly at the moment.

‘And we’re seeing fewer than half the cases in this age group even little more than a week ago, so I think in many ways we’re past the point where vaccines are actually going to make much difference.’

Ministers have been increasingly balancing the impact on the workforce from Covid absences against the need to stop the spread.

Sajid Javid last week performed a last-minute U-turn on the controversial ‘no jab, no job’ policy for health workers over fears it would leave hospitals short staffed.

Up to 80,000 unjabbed workers faced being fired because of the rule, which would have meant they needed two doses by April 1 to keep their job.

Meanwhile, there have been calls for the daily Covid updates to be scrapped as ‘official’ deaths are over-blowing the daily toll by two-fifths.

Latest figures from the UK Health Security Agency — which count deaths as those within 28 days of a positive test — show 1,663 fatalities were registered in England and Wales during the week ending January 28.

But looking at the data by the number of death certificates mentioning the virus, however, shows there were only 1,385 logged.

And if the data is broken down to show where the virus was the underlying cause of death, only 986 were posted — 40 per cent below the official tally.

The rise of the milder Omicron strain has led to a similar pattern emerging in hospitals, where half of virus inpatients are not primarily needing treatment for the infection.

Critics have warned that the rise in so-called ‘incidental’ cases, driven by the sheer prevalence of Omicron, is skewing the Government’s daily corona-virus statistics.

Dame Irene Hays, owner of travel agent Hays Travel, said the company has seen a ‘huge spike’ in appetite for holidays.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

‘In fact in the last week of January we were back to the same levels of bookings as we were in January 2020.’

Spain, Turkey, Greece and the USA are popular destinations, she said, adding that people are also choosing destinations much further afield.

The average price per booking is also up by about £482 ‘because people just want to spend more on themselves, they want to go all inclusive and they want to stay a little bit longer’.

Dame Irene said

‘huge numbers’ are returning to the high street to book holidays, adding that 56% of customers are new to Hays Travel compared to 2019 when the number was about 19%.

‘They want to speak to human being, they want to get to know them, they want to make sure that they’re getting the best advice before they book, but they also need to know that somebody will be there for them while they’re on their holiday and when they return,’

she said.

Tory health minister Gillian Keegan apologizes for ‘error of judgement’ after she continued meeting with three bereaved fathers despite testing positive for Covid on lateral flow

Tory health minister Gillian Keegan has apologized for an ‘error of judgement’ after continuing a meeting despite testing positive for Covid-19.

The MP for Chichester took a ‘precautionary’ lateral flow test ahead of a planned visit at Westminster yesterday with Mike Palmer, Andy Airey and Tim Owen, who lost their daughters to suicide.

She received a positive result during the meeting but, instead of leaving to self-isolate, briefly continued with the bereaved fathers’ consent.

The minister for care and mental health has now recognized she should have immediately ended the visit, saying: ‘This was an error of judgment on my part.’

Her comments sparked a huge backlash online, as one resident of her constituency branded her actions ‘appalling’ while others questioned why she attended the meeting without knowing the result.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has accepted Ms Keegan’s apology and ‘continues to support her in her role’.

In the event of a positive test result, the NHS website says you must self-isolate ‘straight away’.

Gillian Keegan (above) took a lateral flow test ahead of a planned visit at Westminster yesterday with Mike Palmer, Andy Airey and Tim Owen, who lost their daughters to suicide

Gillian Keegan (above) took a lateral flow test ahead of a planned visit at Westminster yesterday with Mike Palmer, Andy Airey and Tim Owen, who lost their daughters to suicide
The MP for Chichester received a positive result during the meeting but, instead of leaving to self-isolate, briefly continued with the bereaved fathers' (pictured) consent

The MP for Chichester received a positive result during the meeting but, instead of leaving to self-isolate, briefly continued with the bereaved fathers’ (pictured) consent

When should you self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19?

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 in England must self-isolate ‘straight away’ and get a PCR test as soon as possible.

It is a legal requirement to self-isolate, and those who do not could be fined.

You should also self-isolate immediately if someone you live with has symptoms or tests positive – unless you are fully vaccinated, exempt from vaccination, under 18 or part of an approved Covid vaccine trial.

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if symptom-less) and the next 10 full days.

Self-isolation can end after five full days, as long as you test negative on day five and day six.

The NHS says self-isolating

‘stops the virus spreading to other people’.

In a thread on Twitter published last night, Ms Keegan wrote:

‘Earlier today, ahead of a planned visit I took a precautionary LFD test which gave a positive result. I am now isolating at home and fortunately feel fine.

‘When I was told my test was positive I was listening to three fathers who had tragically lost their daughters to suicide.

‘I told them the result and took further precautions but with their consent, I stayed for a short period to hear their stories.

‘I should have immediately ended the meeting and on reflection this was an error of judgment on my part.

‘I fully recognize the importance of following the letter and spirit of the policies, so want to be upfront about what happened and to apologize for the mistake I made.’

A spokesman for Mr Javid said:

‘The Secretary of State has spoken with the minister who has taken responsibility for her actions and made a full apology.

‘He accepts her apology and continues to support her in her role.’

And asked what he would say to Ms Keegan, health minister Ed Argar told ITV’s Good Morning Britain:

‘I saw that Twitter thread, I think, late last night, I think it was.

‘She’s clearly issued a fulsome apology there, that she did make an error of judgment, she was open about that and she accepted she made an error of judgment.’

He added:

‘I understand – I haven’t spoken to or seen Gillian yesterday or today, so I don’t know first hand – but I understand from her Twitter thread that she set out the circumstances and apologized, and I understand that she has also spoken to and apologized to the Secretary of State, who has accepted that apology.’

But social media users criticized the health minister’s ‘reckless’ decision, with one person writing: ‘I am a member of your constituency, and I find this behavior appalling.

The minister for care and mental health has now recognised she should have immediately ended the visit, saying: 'This was an error of judgment on my part'

The minister for care and mental health has now recognised she should have immediately ended the visit, saying: ‘This was an error of judgment on my part’
Ms Keegan was meeting the fathers, who had raised nearly £1million in memory of their daughters, to discuss putting suicide on the national curriculum

Ms Keegan was meeting the fathers, who had raised nearly £1million in memory of their daughters, to discuss putting suicide on the national curriculum

‘As a school teacher I, like many, LFD at least twice per week. I do it in plenty of time, so I know I’ve tested negative before I go near any students or other staff. Wait for your result.’

Another posted: ‘Why did you do an LFT and go into a meeting without knowing the result?’

A third added: ‘How is it that you guys get to say a meaningless sorry on Twitter and we get fined if we break the rules!’

And a fourth commented: ‘This was very reckless, you should have taken the test before you decided to travel’, adding: ‘How many others did you put at risk beforehand?’

 

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