Boris Johnson set to lift isolation for people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the scrapping of all remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England by tomorrow, 21 February 2022.

This means that people in England will no longer self-isolate after testing positive for covid.

Mr Johnson is set to make the announcement tomorrow in parliament.

The decision forms part of Johnson's "living with Covid" plan as he alleged that the vaccine programme, new treatment and testing would be enough to keep the public safe.

Mr Johnson tweeted on Sunday morning that "Covid will not suddenly disappear, and we need to learn to live with this virus and continue to protect ourselves without restricting our freedoms.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

"We've built up strong protections against this virus over the past two years through the vaccine rollouts, tests, new treatments, and the best scientific understanding of what this virus can do.

"Thanks to our successful vaccination programme and the sheer magnitude of people who have come forward to be jabbed, we are now in a position to set out our plan for living with Covid this week.

It is not clear whether people who tested positive for covid can go to work. However, the PM official spokesperson had earlier said, "there would be guidance; that would not be what we are recommending."

In the UK, nearly 53 million people or 91% of the population, have had one dose and almost 49 million or 85% a second.

Some scientists have opposed Johnson's plans, describing it as a "risky move that could bring a surge in infections and weaken the country's defence" against more aggressive variant.

On Sunday, Health spokesman for the Labour Party, Wes Streeting, said that Johnson is "declaring victory before the war is over."

A few days after Johnson came under attack for his hypocritical guidelines in December, the Prime Minister lifted most covid restrictions in early January.

He scraped vaccine passports for venues and ended mask mandates in most settings, apart from hospitals in England.

Mr Johnson's move would increase his popularity among his party members who had complained that the restrictions were ineffective and unnecessary.

However, the opposition party would capitalize on it to increase their moves to oust him over numerous scandals, including government parties during pandemics and lock-down breaching.

Johnson's decision is against the advice of his own advisory scientists, The New and Emerging Virus Threats Advisory Group, which warned last week that the idea that viruses become progressively milder "is a common misconception."

It warned that future variants, unlike Omicron, could be more severe or evade current vaccines.

Epidemic modellers also warned that "a sudden change, such as an end to testing and isolation, has the scope to lead to a return to rapid epidemic growth" if people throw caution to the wind.

Scientists are also worried that Johnson might end the Infection Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics, which tests people whether they have symptoms or not.

Mathew Taylor, Chief executive of the NHS Confederation, an umbrella group for state-funded health authorities in Britain, said, "this is not the time to take risks; we need to operate in an evidence-based and incremental way."

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