By Jolly, associated Press
LONDON (AP) – Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it is overshadowing its European neighbors.
With Britain’s coronavirus vaccination rates, which are out of EU countries, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has eased the “stay at home” message that has stopped everyday life – and the virus for about three months. Has been held till
From Monday, it will be replaced with a message of local living in England. People will be allowed to meet in groups of six outdoor and can resume outdoor sports such as basketball, tennis and golf.
Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – are taking broadly similar steps. In Wales, tens of thousands of people marched on beaches and mountain sites on Saturday, after the restrictions on travel had been lifted since December.
Most non-commercial businesses are closed, along with pubs, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, theaters, museums and sports stadiums. With the government paying its salaries heavily, millions of workers have been fired.
More than 126,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Britain, the highest toll in Europe.
Stephen Powys, the medical director of the National Health Service in England, urged people to follow the rules and limit contact with others, saying that spontaneity “does not mean to work.”
He wrote in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, “We have made great progress, which we need to achieve, not to increase the profit we have made.”
Tighter restrictions in trade and social life imposed during three lockdowns in the past year have received widespread public support, although they have alerted some lawmakers in Johnson’s Conservative Party who argue that economic, democratic and human cost benefits Let’s go ahead.
While many European nations are seeing a new upsurge in the epidemic, Britain is increasingly relying on a mass-vaccination program to help end its lockdown. More than 30 million people – 57% of all UK adults – have received their first dose of the vaccine so far, the government announced on Sunday. About 7% of adults have both doses.
The UK aims to give everyone one to 18 first jabs by July, with the second shot being delivered within 12 weeks of the first week.
Health officials say that the program will slow down in April due to pressure on supply due to late delays from India. Unless the drugmakers – particularly the Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca – send more shots to EU nations, the EU has also threatened to block vaccine blocks in factories.
Some European politicians set fire to their slow vaccine programs, with Britain saying Britain has failed to export any vaccine supplements to the continent, while millions have gone the other way. The UK disputed that characterization, saying vaccines have complex supply chains and some material in scenes from Europe is made in Britain.
British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the government was confident that it would meet its vaccination targets. He said the first dose of the vaccine, made by the American firm Modern, would join Astrogenica and Pfizer-BioNtech shots in the UK in April.
“We are confident that we will be able to deliver it and we believe there will not be a need for a mix of vaccines,” Dowden told the BBC.
Lockouts, shops, hairdressers and outdoor dining are to reopen on 12 April in England under the government’s “road map”, followed by indoor events on 17 May. The remaining restrictions are set to expire on 21 June, if the country is not facing the growth of new viruses.
Anthony Harden, deputy chairman of the UK Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization, said it was important that people who received the vaccine pill be cautious.
“It is really important that people who have been vaccinated can remember that they are not fully protected,” he told the BBC.
“They are protected from serious illness, hospitalization, and death, but they cannot be protected against infection after one dose, the effects of the vaccine take three or four weeks to kick in, and they are probably still transmitted. can do.”
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