The UK government has announced that it plans to end all pandemic legal curbs in England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that it is time to ‘move on.’This comes despite political opposition and unease from the UN’s health agency. Johnson will be addressing parliament to outline his plan as he stands accused by opposition parties of seeking to distract public attention.
In a Downing Street statement, Johnson said that Monday will mark a moment of pride after one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history ‘as we begin to live with COVID’.Under the ‘living with COVID’ plan, the government says it intends to end the legal requirement for people to self-isolate should they test positive for the virus.
Local authorities will be required to manage further outbreaks with pre-existing legal powers and is expected to phase out free COVID-19 testing for the public. The NHS confederation however said that the government cannot wave a magic wand and pretend the threat disappeared.
This comes as Malta seems to be going COVID restriction free due to the announcement of the general election. Nothing is yet on paper in Malta, but as mass meetings and political activities have already kicked off, businesses are still taking the load of such restrictions.
This also sparked massive outrage from even organisers, who called out the double standards as crowds gather for political rallies. The Opposition too called for the government to allow all events and not just political rallies to take place.