England has announced that It will not ask for any proof to enter the country from travelers who have the complete vaccination schedule from February, as the government prepares to lift all restrictions, according to the newspaper ‘The Times’.
The official announcement of the measure will be a boost for the tourism sector, it is scheduled for January 26, the day on which the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, is expected to lift the restrictions it put in place in December to combat the Omicron variant.
The health authorities of the United Kingdom registered 81,713 new infections this Saturday after falling below 100,000 positives on Friday for the first time since December 21.
After a few weeks immersed in a significant uptick in infections, the daily cases in the United Kingdom begin to consolidate a downward trend. The British Government was forced to reimpose certain restrictions given the increase in infections and the concerns raised by the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.
British Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Thursday a reduction to five days of the minimum quarantine for people positive for COVID-19 in England, seeking to “minimize” the impact of work absences on the economy.
“We have reviewed the isolation period for positive cases, to ensure that the established measures maximize economic and educational activity, for example, but also minimize the risk that contagious people leave quarantine,” he announced to the deputies.
Citing figures from the British health security agency, UKHSA, the minister argued that “About two-thirds of positive cases are no longer contagious by the end of the fifth day.”
Thus, as of Monday, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 they will be able to leave the quarantine if they have two consecutive negative results on the fifth day and early on the sixth.
Until now, the isolation period was up to ten days with the possibility of reducing it to seven if there was a negative test.
In view of the mass absenteeism due to COVID-19 that is disrupting key sectors such as health, education and transport, the Boris Johnson government was under pressure to reduce the isolation period to five days, as the United States has already done.
One of the countries hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic, with more than 151,000 deaths, the UK has recorded a record number of daily infections in recent weeks attributed to the Omicron variant, but the number of positive cases has been declining in recent days.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)