England confirms its road map: anti-Covid restrictions have been removed from July 19, despite the increase in infections mainly due to the Delta variant. This was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson: off the masks and stop social distancing even if “there could be 50 thousand cases a day” and there will be other deaths. “The pandemic is not over and it will not end by July 19,” he says, noting that the success of the vaccination campaign has broken the link between the number of cases and deaths. Johnson warned that there are forecasts of up to 50,000 cases per day at the end of the month and that “we must unfortunately reconcile with the idea of other covid deaths”. “If we don’t do it now when we’ve done so much with vaccination to break the bond, when will we ever be able to do it?” Johnson wondered. WHAT CHANGES Masks and respect for distances will no longer be mandatory, just as the rule of six people for meetings in private homes and the guidelines for working from home will be abolished. A final check will be made on 12 July before giving the green light. Other information on schools, travel and self-isolation will be disseminated in the coming days. Johnson added that he will continue to carry the mask with him to wear it “out of courtesy” in crowded places. The British premier is responsible for the anti-covid rules in England only. Local governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will decide for their territories. INFECTIONS Johnson is determined to go ahead with the lifting of the restrictions, despite the fact that infections continue to grow due to the spread of the Delta variant: in the last 24 hours, 27,334 new cases have been registered according to data released by the government and nine people have lost their lives for complications. From 29 June to 5 July, therefore, there was an increase of more than 53 percent of cases compared to the previous seven days, notes the Guardian, while the vaccination campaign continues, with 45.35 million people receiving the first dose of the vaccine and 33.73 million also the second.
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