Britain lifts Omicron curb at care home


Restrictions on preventing Omicron infections in UK care facilities will be lifted on Monday, 47 days after they are brought in.

The government made an announcement on Thursday as most society-wide legal regulations are no longer in place.

From January 31st, restrictions on admission to long-term care facilities will be lifted, the self-isolation period will be shortened, and the period for which long-term care facilities must comply with outbreak management rules will be halved to 14 days.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) welcomed the “boosting success” of vaccination as a reason for the removal of measures.

As of December 15, 2021, long-term care facility residents are limited to one designated mandatory caregiver and up to three patrons. All staff and critical caregivers are required to undergo weekly PCR tests and at least 3 lateral flow test (LFD) tests, while other visitors undergo LFD tests on the day of their visit and caregivers visiting the results. I had to report to the facility. .. This measure was imposed as protection against the Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus that causes COVID-19.

There will be no visitor limit on Monday, and by February 16th, certified care workers will be required to undergo an LFD test prior to the shift rather than a weekly PCR test.

All frontline care home workers are fully vaccinated, as the group has been vaccinated since November.

Currently, 14 for care home residents who test positive for CCP virus or who have returned from emergency hospital visits or other “high risk” visits, and unvaccinated residents who have returned from normal outings. A quarantine period of one day is required. Vaccinated and exempted residents can follow the inspection system instead of quarantining.

On Monday, the self-quarantine period for positives is reduced to 10 days, with the option to end on day 6 if negative twice on days 5 and 6. This will be in line with the civilian self-isolation period.

Following an emergency hospital visit or other “high risk” visit, care facility residents should be quarantined for 10 days instead of 14 days. And for those who are out normally, the rules of quarantine or testing have been abolished.

In addition, after the outbreak of the CCP virus, which is defined as more than one case, Omicron is no longer considered a “specific variant”, so care homes need to follow outbreak control rules only 14 days after the last positive case. I have. Additional mitigation is needed. “

Health Minister Sajid Javid said:

“We are pleased that our progress has further eased the restrictions on long-term care facilities and allowed residents to see more loved ones.”

Care Minister Gillian Keegan said progress was due to “continuous success in vaccine deployment.”

According to DHSC, 86.5% of all long-term care facility residents are currently receiving a booster vaccination with the CCP virus vaccine.

Boostershot “provides maximum protection against Omicron, and the latest data from the UK Department of Health show that it is 92% effective in preventing hospitalization two weeks after administration,” DHSC said. Stated in a statement.

The UK government will shift its focus to booster vaccines and antivirals, move away from the blockade and announce a “life plan with COVID” in the spring.

Two antibodies and antiviral treatments, sotrovimab and molnupiravir, have recently been approved and are available to people in high-risk groups.

However, other early treatments for COVID-19 are not yet recommended by the NHS, except for taking paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat high temperatures and honey for coughing.

Lily Chow

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Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.