UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrates lockdown anniversary with cautious message
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday praised Britain’s “great spirit” in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and showed cautious optimism about lifting restrictions as it marked the first anniversary of containment in the United Kingdom. .
Referring to what has been declared a National Day of Reflection in the UK, the Prime Minister praised the great spirit the nation has shown during the most difficult year in the country’s history amid the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 126,411 people and infected more than 4,301,000 people.
The past 12 months have had a huge impact on all of us, and I offer my sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones. Today, the anniversary of the first lockdown, is a time to reflect on the past year, one of the most difficult in our country’s history, Johnson, 56, said of the year. who also saw him tested positive for coronavirus and hospitalized for treatment.
We must also remember the great spirit that our nation has shown over the past year. We’ve all played our part, whether it’s working on the front line as a nurse or caregiver, working on vaccine development and supply, helping to put this blow to the gun, educating your children to home or simply staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus, he said.
It is thanks to every person in this country that lives have been saved, our NHS has been protected and we have started our cautious path to ease restrictions once and for all, the UK Prime Minister added.
His message came as the government set its so-called roadmap regulations as the legal framework to lift the phased coronavirus lockdown, with June 21 being expected as the date for a complete relaxation of restrictions on gatherings and the mixture of households imposed as a measure to control the spread of the deadly virus.
The latest measures mean that from March 29, outdoor gatherings of six people or two households will be allowed, including in private gardens. A full review will then be done before moving on to Stage 2 of the roadmap, which will take place on April 12.
These measures have been vital in reducing infections, hospitalizations and deaths across the country, and thanks to the commitment and support of the people we have made great strides, said UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock .
We are rightly ending as many national measures in the safest way possible, while maintaining those that remain necessary and proportionate to help reduce and further control infections as we cautiously but irreversibly ease restrictions and our Historic immunization program continues at a steady pace, he said.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) has said the roadmap to emerge from the lockdown is cautious, but irreversible.
Along with the roadmap regulations, the government has also released a review of the coronavirus law ahead of a vote in parliament, which sets out 15 measures that will expire or be suspended after the Easter break in early April because they are no longer essential. to the national response. to COVID-19.
It explains which measures of the Act will be retained and how they will help support businesses and individuals, strengthen the capacity of health and care services and ensure the delivery of essential public services.
The DHSC stressed that the emergency law guarantees the National Health Service (NHS) the ability to cope with the peak of the virus by allowing the temporary registration of nurses and other health professionals.
It allowed the courts to use video technology and allowed the government to put in place support programs such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Program and the Self-Employed Income Support Program, which have provided a source of income for families and a lifeline for many people. companies.
It has also enabled businesses to access loan programs, which have provided over £ 72 billion in business support with over 1.5 million loans approved.
The regulations presented this week will be voted on by Parliament on Thursday and, if approved, will replace the All Tiers regulations that were developed to implement the multi-tier lockdown system late last year. Temporary measures in the coronavirus law require a renewal vote every six months as part of the government’s legal obligation to properly review coronavirus legislation.
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