Johnson in the UK is under pressure to relax COVID-19 restrictions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being pressured by a conservative MP on his backbench to end the restrictions and begin managing COVID-19 as a flu-like endemic.

Former chief whip Mark Harper, an influential blockade skeptic, rebelled later this month in an attempt to extend the “Plan B” measures introduced late last year to slow the spread of Omicron variants. Of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus that causes COVID-19, which warned Johnson that he could be hit by.

Plan B requires British people to work from home if possible, vaccine passports are introduced at large events and nightclubs, and mask mandates are available in most indoor environments, including cinemas and theaters. It was enforced.

Last month, as many as 100 Conservative lawmakers voted against the measure and rebelled against the government, eventually being approved with the support of the opposition Labor Party.

Harper, chairman of the conservative MP COVID recovery group, warned that the rebellion could be even greater if the Prime Minister tried to extend Plan B beyond January 26.

“I think there will be more people who oppose it,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times. “I think the current intellectual debate is even weaker.”

When asked when Johnson should formally declare the end of the restriction, a member of parliament said, “When is it not now?”

Calls for reductions in state inventions have also come from some individuals within the mainstream scientific community.

Clive Dix, a former chairman of the UK Vaccine Task Force, told observers that mass vaccination against COVID-19 has ended and the UK should focus on managing it as an endemic disease such as influenza.

“It doesn’t make sense to try to stop the infection from it. It’s kind of that mass vaccination is everything because it’s not done. There are many infections,” Dix said. He told Channel 4 News on January 9th.

Dix also said that mass testing is “useless to anyone” and will not be needed in a few months.

Prime Minister Michael Gove also agreed that the country is moving to a stage where it can “live with COVID.”

Gove was one of the voices around the cabinet table insisting on stricter measures when Omicron emerged. But he told the BBC on January 10 that the restrictions should be relaxed, “the sooner the better,” although the restrictions need to be “guided by science.”

Also on January 10, the Prime Minister confirmed that he was considering shortening the period of self-isolation for those who were completely vaccinated with a positive COVID-19 test.

Johnson said he spoke to the broadcaster when he visited the Uxbridge vaccination clinic, and the government is considering scientific evidence to see if the quarantine period can be reduced from 7 days to 5 days. Stated.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan