Boris Johnson has announced the UK Governments plans on living with Covid with all remaining restrictions being scrapped.
The PM announced to fellow MP’s in the House of Commons yesterday that the need to undertake two weekly Covid tests in education settings is now to be removed. All domestic restrictions such as self isolation payments will come to an end and close contacts who are not fully jabbed will no longer need to undertake a self isolation period.
Close contacts who are fully jabbed and under 18’s will no longer be required to test daily for 7 days. Contact tracing will also come to an end under the new plans.
From April 1 the end of free symptomatic testing will come to an end for the general public, however, free tests will still be available to the oldest and the more vulnerable alongside care home residents and hospital patients. April 1 will also see the vanishing of the voluntary Covid passes.
On the January 9 The Sunday Times reported that free lateral flow tests would be axed under new plans of living with Covid. Michael Gove the Secretary for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities was quizzed on this he said free tests would be available for ‘as long as we need them.’
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Housing Secretary Michael Gove: "As long as we need them."
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Labour Leader, Sir Kier Starmer insists the Prime Minister hasn’t got a plan instead more ‘chaos and disarray’ in living with Covid.
He said:” Not enough prepare us for the new variants which may develop and an approach with seems living with covid means simply ignoring it.
“This morning he couldn’t even persuade his own Health Secretary to agree the plan so what confidence can the public have that this is the right approach?
“The Labour Party does not want to see restrictions in place for a moment longer that necessary. We have to take the public with us and that requires clarity about why decisions are being made.”
Starmer asked the Prime Minister will he publish the scientific evidence that lead to his decision to remove the requirement to self isolate. The Labour Leader is also confident the British public will ‘act responsible’ by testing and self isolating if positive.