As from July 19, most of England’s Coronavirus restrictions will be lifted including face masks and social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Monday.
The surge in the highly contagious Delta variant forced the initial full reopening of the country’s economy slated for June 21 to be pushed back.
The Delta variant now accounts for nearly all new Covid-19 cases in Britain, and infection rates have soared.
“This pandemic is far from over, it certainly won’t be over by the 19th,” warned Johnson. “We must reconcile ourselves, sadly, to more deaths from Covid.
“There’s only one reason why we can contemplate going ahead… in circumstances where we’d normally be locking down further, that’s because of the continuing effectiveness of the vaccine rollout.
“We will move away from legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions,” he said.
The Prime Minister is urging the British people to take personal responsibility rather than government ‘s edict.
The latest daily figure in the country is at 27, 334 with total cases of 4, 930, 534 and 128, 231 deaths.
Recent data suggests that the vaccination programme has reduced resultant surge in hospital admissions and deaths, with an estimated fewer than one in 1,000 infections now leading to a death, compared to one in 60 during last winter.
Around 86% of British adults have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and 63% their second dose.