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September 30, 2023

After 26th January, ‘No face masks’ :Boris Johnson

By Priti Naik

With the peak in cases due to rapid spread of Omicron variant, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made an announcement ending the Covid-19 measures.

Boris Johnson pledged to avoid lockdowns and live with the virus amid its zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19 in China and Hong Kong. In a statement, Boris Johnson said, “Many nations across Europe have endured further winter lockdowns… but this government took a different path. “He further added that his government had got the toughest decisions right and that numbers going into intensive care were falling.

Johnson said none of the so-called Plan B measures would remain in England when they lapse on January 26, as face masks would not be legally enforced anywhere and COVID passes would not be mandatory. The government said it would also no longer ask people to work from home, effective immediately. However, the scientists have warned that cases could still turn higher again if people’s behavior returned to normal quickly.

Earlier, the British Prime Minister had faced criticism for handling the pandemic quite loosely overall. The country had reported 152,872 deaths. However, Johnson hopes to reset his agenda following furore over the lockdown gatherings at his office, which instigated some in his party planning to remove him. The lifting of Plan B measures, along with the navigation of Omicron without resorting to a stringent lockdown, could help Johnson appease vocal opponents of restrictions in his own caucus amid the party unrest.

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