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The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, announced the end of the pandemic with the elimination of the mandates for masks, vaccine cards, and work-from-home guides. This came after demonstrations against him for having partied at home without complying with the health regulations he himself imposed.
This Wednesday, January 19, Johnson suggested that the quarantine mandates will also be revoked by the end of March, as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to become endemic.
From now on, it will no longer be mandatory to work from home and the mandate for vaccine cards at nightclubs and major events will be repealed as of January 26. In addition, it will no longer be mandatory to wear masks indoors or anywhere in that country, including classrooms.
“As Covid becomes endemic we will need to replace legal requirements with advice and guidance urging people with the virus to be careful and considerate of others,” the prime minister said.
Asked to remove testing rules for vaccinated travelers bound for the UK, Johnson said the government is reviewing the testing arrangements on travel and an announcement on this point can be expected in the next few days.
On the other hand, he refused to reconsider the vaccination mandate for frontline health care workers and insisted that the evidence is clear that health care professionals should be vaccinated.
“We must learn to live with Covid in the same way we have to live with flu,” British Health Minister Sajid Javid said shortly after Johnson’s announcements. He advanced that the government is seeking to remove the “legal requirement” to isolate oneself after testing positive and replace that obligation with “health recommendations.”
Boris Johnson under pressure
The removal of the measures came as the prime minister battles demonstrations and pressure to resign over alleged parties at his official residence during the pandemic that violated the confinement.
Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Her source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communications and is committed to the task of dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es la política y economía. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha comprometido con la tarea de desmontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo