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Boris Johnson will make two major Covid rules announcements today

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make two announcements on Monday to effectively end all covid regulations in England.

Mr Johnson will meet his Cabinet on Monday morning to agree the final details of the Covid living plan.

He will then make a statement in the House of Commons on Monday afternoon before hosting a press conference on Monday evening.

The announcement in parliament has been set for 2.30 p.m., with the time of the evening press conference still to be confirmed.

Throughout the pandemic, the most common time for press conferences has been 5 p.m.

The UK was one of the hardest hit European countries during the first wave of coronavirus in spring 2020 and the number of people with Covid-19 recorded on their death certificates has now risen to over 183,000 according to the ‘Office for National Statistics.

The Prime Minister’s announcement will come just over 24 hours after it was confirmed the Queen had tested positive for coronavirus.

As announced on Saturday, the UK government plans to remove the legal requirement for those who test positive for coronavirus to self-isolate by the end of this week.

According to the Mail On Sunday, the requirement will be lifted by Thursday.

The newspaper said the Prime Minister would set a timetable to reduce the availability of free coronavirus tests – although the elderly and vulnerable will continue to have access, it reported.

Mr Johnson told the BBC’s Sunday morning show that the UK had spent £2billion on testing in January alone and that such high spending need not continue.

Downing Street said the vaccination program had left England in a “strong position to consider lifting remaining legal restrictions”, with more than 81% of adults given a booster dose and Covid cases continuing to rise. to lower.

Speaking ahead of his announcement on Monday, the Prime Minister said: “Today will mark a proud moment after one of the most difficult times in our country’s history as we begin to learn to live with Covid.

“This would not be possible without the efforts of so many – the NHS who ensured the lifesaving vaccine was deployed at phenomenal speed, our world-renowned scientists and experts and the general public for their commitment to protecting themselves and their families. relatives.

“The pandemic is not over but thanks to the incredible deployment of vaccines, we are now getting closer to a return to normality and finally giving people back their freedoms while continuing to protect ourselves and others.”

Health experts have criticized the decision to drop the quarantine requirement after a positive result.

British Medical Association Chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul called it a ‘strange decision to make’ as there are ‘more people dying, more people in hospital’ than before. introduction of Plan B measures last year in response to the pre-Christmas rising tide of Omicron enclosures.

Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of Sage’s modeling subgroup, told Times Radio there was a “genuine concern” that eliminating periods would lead to more workplace infections.

Labor also questioned thinking about reducing the availability of free lateral flow tests, with shadow health secretary Wes Streeting warning: ‘We’re not out of the woods on Covid yet.’

Former Tory minister Tim Loughton has said he believes testing should continue to be “widely” available.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, the MP for East Worthing and Shoreham welcomed the attempt to ‘get back to normal’ but said he had ‘slight apprehensions’ about the reduction in testing free.

“I think we still need the tests to be widely available because I think that’s the reassurance people can have that they’ve taken every precaution possible and they don’t want to infect others. people,” he said.

But Mr Johnson told the BBC Britain was in a ‘different world’ after emerging from the wave of Omicron variants, with the number of intensive care patients ‘falling’.

UK government data on Sunday shows that 11,555 people are currently in hospital with the disease, including 331 in ventilation beds.

Mr Johnson said the latest data meant it was time for the UK to shift the balance between “state mandate” and “personal responsibility”.

In comments made in Munich on Saturday, he said it was “important for people to regain their self-confidence” and that he wanted to “see our country really get back on its feet” in the aftermath of the pandemic.

But the prime minister refused to rule out further lockdowns if future transfers don’t prove as smooth as expected, saying he should be ‘humble to nature’.

The requirement to self-isolate after a positive coronavirus test will be lifted by the end of the week in England (Yui Mok/PA)

The Prime Minister and around 50 civil servants are currently under police investigation following allegations that lockdown-breaking parties took place at No 10.

Following his statement in the House of Commons, the leader of the Conservative Party is expected to give a press conference in the evening.

Downing Street said the plan for living with Covid-19 would be “vaccine-led”, with the program remaining open to those who have not yet had a shot.

But the MoS said passenger locator forms will likely continue to be required for travelers until spring.

Plan B measures designed to slow the spread of Omicron, such as requiring masks to be worn in public places and the use of Covid passes for major events, were abolished in England last month.