England may soon drop legal requirements for wearing masks, a government minister said on Sunday as the nation waited for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce plans to ease COVID-19 measures.
Johnson is expected to update in the coming days in England on “Freedom Day,” the plan to remove remaining restrictions on business and social interaction on July 19th.
“I think we are now going to move to a period where there will be none legal restrictions“The state will not tell you what to do, but you will want to exercise a certain degree of responsibility and personal judgment, so that different people will come to different conclusions about things like masks,” said Housing Minister Robert Jenrick , and Sky News. “The file prime minister will set out more details on national policy on some of these restrictions in the coming days. “
Some doctors have expressed concern about the easing of restrictions as infection rates increase, mainly due to the more transmissible delta variant. Despite the jump in new infections, there has been no equivalent increase in hospitalizations and deaths, which encourages government ministers who believe Britain must learn to live with the virus.
According to government statistics, the number of new confirmed infections recorded across the UK over the past seven days increased by 67% over the previous week. Last week, 118 coronavirus-related deaths were reported, one less than the previous period.
Public health officials attribute the divergence of figures to the success of Britain’s vaccination program. Almost 86% of adults in the UK have received at least one dose of vaccine and 63.4% are fully vaccinated.
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