BORIS Johnson will hold a press conference today as the era of national lockdowns and Covid restrictions finally comes to an end in England.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce hy is “finally giving people back their freedom” na “one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history”.
Under the scheme, he’ll scrap self-isolation rules.
The vaccination programme, testing, and other new treatments such as anti-viral drugs will keep people safe, he will say.
Speaking before his announcement, Mnr Johnson het gesê: “Today will mark a moment of pride after one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history as we begin to learn to live with Covid.
“It would not be possible without the efforts of so many – the NHS who delivered the life-saving vaccine rollout at phenomenal speed, our world-leading scientists and experts, and the general public for their commitment to protecting themselves and their loved ones.
“The pandemic is not over but thanks to the incredible vaccine rollout we are now one step closer towards a return to normality and finally giving people back their freedoms while continuing to protect ourselves and others.”
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Tonight’s address to the nation may be the last of the pandemic.
The PM is expected to tell MPs of his plans for the future upon their return from Parliament’s February recess today before speaking to Brits from Downing Street.
Under the scheme, free lateral flow and PCR tests – which cost the taxpayer £2billion a week – will end.
It means twice-weekly testing for kids in schools will also halt.
The decision not to insist on isolation means millions of pupils will be free to stay in school if they contract the virus.
Guidance will instead focus on ventilation and other safety measures to keep children and teachers safe.
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Passenger locator travel forms for foreign trips are likely to be binned later in the spring.
En die daily Covid dashboard, which for two years has illustrated the death toll of the virus, could be replaced with weekly surveillance data.
Egter, the PM has warned Covid “will not suddenly disappear”.
“We need to learn to live with this virus and continue to protect ourselves without restricting our freedoms,” hy het gesê.
Millions of elderly and vulnerable could be offered six-monthly top-up jabs.
Ministers have already secured 114million vaccine doses for the next two years.
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The good news comes as 85 per cent of the UK’s population are now double-vaccinated. A further 38m booster jabs have been administered.
No10 has said: “Government intervention in people’s lives can now finally end.”
Daily Covid cases are at their lowest levels for six months, met 25,696 positive tests yesterday and 74 sterftes.