BORIS Johnson could reveal plans for how the UK will live with Covid within weeks with free tests expected to be phased out.
With the Omicron variant posing less of a threat and data showing that around 98% of people over 15 in the UK have some resistance to the strain, it is conceivable that the Prime Minister is creating a life with Covid strategy.
Future planning could see quarantine periods cut and free lateral flow tests scrapped for all but the highest-risk places as ministers predict another 6 years of Covid.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
Sun Jabs Army The campaign is helping to get key additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
It has been suggested that Mr Johnson may come up with a plan for how Brits can live with Covid in the future in the coming weeks.
But government sources say the main focus right now is on the enormous pressure the NHS is facing amid a staff shortage such as call for a reduction in the quarantine period.
On Sunday, Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi declared Britain would be the first to put the pandemic behind us, but warned the effects of Covid could still linger for another 10 years.
And Zahawi said there was hope on the horizon as he became the first Cabinet Minister to shorten the period of self-isolation from seven to five days.
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Speaking on Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday, he said: “I hope we will be one of the first major economies to demonstrate to the world how you make the transition from pandemic to pandemic, and then after that. deal with this no matter how long it stays with us, whether it’s five, six, seven, 10 years.”
The plans reportedly being reviewed by officials could also mean that the free lateral flow tests will only be offered free of charge in “high-risk” settings such as care homes, hospitals and schools.
The cost-cutting move will also help the NHS Test and Trace service get scaled back up again.
But Mr. Zahawi Free lateral flow test denied statements can be ignored, insisting they will “absolutely not” be deported.
He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday that he was “confused” by the reports and confirmed the tests would continue to be free.
However, No10’s Fall/Winter Plan has indicated that the government will eventually phase out the free tests and instead “individuals and businesses using the tests will bear the cost”.
‘BEST FREE BRITAIN’
Meanwhile, an expert stated UK may be the best immune country in the world in the fight against Covid.
The extremely positive statement comes as data is revealed around 98% of 15 year olds in the UK have some resistance to the Omicron variant, meaning they may experience milder symptoms and a less serious illness overall.
It might show why hospitalizations with the virus remain low – despite the spike in cases – explains Dr Raghib Ali, Senior Associate Director of Clinical Research in the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge.
But the top doctor, who also works in various other roles in the NHS and Public Health England, has encouraged Britons to continue following the rules so as not to risk crowding out the health service such as Employee absenteeism is a “big deal”.
Ways to stay safe and ensure the NHS stays afloat, include wearing a mask, washing your hands, performing LFT and PCR tests respectively and isolating if you have symptoms or a positive result.
Dr Raghib told The Sun: “Basically what the graph shows is data on vaccinations that combine data from the MRC, creating a monthly update on the proportion of people who have had a natural infection. , plus dose and infection by age.
“It’s based on people over the age of 15, so it’s not everyone, and there are two factors – one is a decrease in immunity due to vaccination or previous infection, and the second is an increased susceptibility to infection. immunity from irritants, and new infections, and how that balances out, nobody really knows.
“But we are probably the most immune country in the world.”
And quantity UK covid cases fall for fifth day in a row yesterday with 97 deaths recorded.
A total of 141,472 cases were reported in the UK the following Sunday Vivid deaths have passed the grim milestone is 150,000 on Saturday.
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