Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to pay “significant attention” as indoor socializing resumes on Monday.
From monday, Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet indoors, and 30 people can gather outdoors. The indoor hospitality business can be resumed, Meet friends and family According to the government, it emphasizes individual responsibility over government rules. “
This third step in the government’s roadmap to lift the blockade was overshadowed by concerns about an Indian variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus, to Johnson and his minister. Call attention.
“We have come together to break out of the blockade and reach another milestone on the roadmap, but we must pay close attention to this next step,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.
“We are closely monitoring the epidemic of the first identified variants in India and taking immediate action where infection rates are rising,” he said.
Johnson said current data do not show “unsustainable pressure on the NHS” and that second vaccinations are being accelerated to give maximum protection to the most vulnerable people.
“But now we have to be tested twice a week, get the vaccine forward when called, remember our hands, face, space and fresh air, and everyone has to do their part.” He added.
Former Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Mark Wahlberg said the government considered it “very important” to add “fresh air” to the “hands, face, space” mantra.
“I think people have to be wise and cautious,” Walport told Sky News on Sunday.
“My advice is that just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Whenever possible, interact outside and stay socially distant. If you hug, hug carefully, “he said.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday that there are more than 1,300 strains of concern in India that are “relatively prevalent” and are becoming “dominant strains” in Bolton and Blackburn. It was.
He said he could delay the final stages of the roadmap and tackle a variant of India that warned that it could “spread like a wildfire” by imposing a local blockade in areas such as Bolton. Did not eliminate.
However, according to Hancock, early laboratory data showed that the CCP virus vaccine was effective against Indian variants. Ministers hope that surge tests and vaccines will enable the safe opening of the country, and this week the jab will be extended to people over the age of 35.
PA contributed to this report.