Sturmer demands termination of England’s self-quarantine rules after Wales moves on August 7

Labor leader Sir Kiel Sturmer challenged the government to align with Wales by advancing the date on which fully vaccinated people in England could avoid isolation.

Wales Labor Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has identified August 7 as a day when adults with double jabs can escape quarantine if they come into contact with a coronavirus-positive case.

Scotland is also expected to remove the need for quarantine for those who were completely vaccinated on August 9, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said England would do the same from August 16. Insisted that it would be “naked”.

But Sir Keir is wondering why England should have a slower timeline, saying that this risks creating more pain for families and businesses.

“This was a turbulent summer for British businesses and families,” Sir Keir said in a statement.

“The Tory government has been unable to explain the logic of self-quarantine rules and has made the same mistakes over and over again.

“The British people have tried to do the right thing, but when Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak tried to avoid the isolation that millions of people had to endure, we took advantage of this government’s instinct. saw.

“The government’s slap dash approach to this pandemic is ruining our economy and causing real problems for both businesses and families. The Welsh Labor Party shows what it can do. It’s time for the Tories to do the same. “

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Infographics of COVID-19 cases confirmed daily in the United Kingdom by July 29, 2021. (Infographic PA Graphics / PA)

The Welsh changes will take effect on the same day that the country is expected to move to warning level 0. On this day, most coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.

According to the Wales government, people who test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms should continue to be quarantined for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status.

We also advise individuals identified as contacts in positive cases to undergo a PCR test on days 2 and 8, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated.

Earlier this month, Westminster lawmakers and business leaders said they would ease quarantine restrictions after an increase in COVID-19 cases caused a surge in the number of people “pinged” by the app and disrupted some sectors. I urged Johnson to speed up.

Health Minister Sajid Javid defended the date of August 16 and claimed that it was chosen to allow more people to be fully vaccinated and ultimately reduce the risk of serious illness. did.

Elsewhere, the UK government also faced a demand to bring back Congress in fear of the COVID-19 vaccine passport being introduced by “stealth” via the NHS app.

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Mark Drakeford was the first Minister of Wales at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis on July 28, 2021 in Gwynedd, Wales. (Peter Burn / PA)

Recognizing the changes in Welsh rules, Drakeford said: “Symptomatology self-isolation or positive test results continue to be a powerful tool to help break the chain of infection and stop the spread of the virus.

“It is important to maintain this, even for those who are fully vaccinated.

“But we know that the entire course of vaccines provides people with protection against the virus, and when they are identified as close contact, they are much less likely to contract it. ..

“This means they no longer have to quarantine themselves for 10 days.”

According to data released Thursday, the number of people who were told to quarantine reached another record, sending about 700,000 alerts to COVID-19 app users in England and Wales.

A so-called “pindemic” sent 689,313 alerts to users of the NHS COVID-19 app last week, informing them that they were in close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Some frontline workers such as prisons, waste collection, defense, food industry, transportation, border forces, police and fire departments are exempt from isolation.

Eligible workers warned by the NHS COVID-19 app with daily negative test results or called as coronavirus contacts by the NHS Test and Trace can continue to work.

Elsewhere, according to UK Public Health Service statistics, the COVID-19 vaccine has prevented an estimated 22 million infections and 60,000 deaths in the UK.

The data also suggested that the jab was estimated to have directly avoided more than 52,600 hospitalizations.

Professor Jonathan Vantam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the UK, said he hopes the worst pandemic in the UK will end, warning that “one or two bumpy times” may come.

Concerns have arisen in the NHS app by tweaking the wording in the NHSCOVID Pass Section.

Currently, the “Domestic” section is included. This section states, “You may need to provide your NHSCOVID pass wherever you choose to use the service.”

The government says it wants to require a vaccine passport in some environments, such as nightclubs, and in crowded events from the fall.

Richard Wheeler