Britain’s PM Johnson to announce end to all COVID curbs in England

Feb 21, 2022: According to a report by the AFP, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce on Monday the lifting of all COVID related legal curbs in England, insisting it is time to move on despite political opposition and the unrest of the UN health agency.

Johnson will address parliament to outline his plan, two years after COVID19 sparked the worst health crisis in generations, despite reports that Queen Elizabeth II had tested positive for the first time.  However, he has been accused by opposition parties of trying to divert public attention, and his hold on the premier’s office is in danger as police investigate a series of parties violating the lockdown in Downing Street.

In a statement issued from his Downing Street residence, Johnson said, “Today (Monday) will mark a moment of pride after one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history as we begin to learn to live with Covid,”

“The pandemic is not over, but thanks to the incredible vaccine rollout we are now one step closer towards a return to normality and finally giving people back their freedoms while continuing to protect ourselves and others.”

Under the “Living with COVID” plan, the government says it intends to eliminate the legal requirement for people to isolate themselves from this week after being infected with the corona virus. It says local authorities will need to arrange for further breakouts with existing legal powers, and is expected to end free COVID testing for the general public.

The NHS Confederation, which represents senior managers in Britain’s state run National Health Service, said internal polls showed a majority of its members were opposed to ending self isolation and free testing.

A WHO special envoy for the pandemic, David Nabarro says it is unwise to scrapping the law on self-isolation was.

“I really do worry that Britain is taking a line that is against the public health consensus — that other countries, other leaders will say if Britain is doing it, why can’t we, and this will create a bit of a domino effect around the world,” Nabarro added.

According to Britain’s devolved system, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have set their own health policies and are more cautious than Johnson’s intentions for England. The opposition Labor Party says ending free testing is tantamount to replacing “your best defender” with 10 minutes of a football match.

Britain’s PM Johnson has already submitted written answers to police questions about the lockdown parties held on the Premier’s residence over the past two years, as detectives probe whether attendees violated strict social distancing and virus prevention rules in place at the time.

He stonewalled questions about the “Party Gate” issue in a BBC interview over the weekend, and declined to say whether he would resign if he was fined by police.

But Johnson insisted that despite blatant violations of the party by himself and his staff, the people would follow the lead to isolate themselves when necessary, even without a legal mandate.

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