Just days before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined a possible blueprint for easing locking restrictions in the UK, clear evidence emerged that the rate of corona virus infections across the UK was declining sharply.
In the first week of February 12, one in 115 people in the UK tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Office for National Statistics in its weekly epidemic survey. The previous week, the ratio was one in 80. A similar picture emerged of the other three countries in the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, scientists advising the British government have estimated that the number of corona virus breeding and transmission measurements has dropped from 0.6 to 0.9, compared to the previous week’s 0.7 to 0.9. The latest number indicates that for every 10 people infected with the virus there are now between six and nine infections, which means the infection is getting smaller.
However, experts warn that the virus is “highly prevalent” and therefore “essential” for people to stay afloat by relying on home orders.
Spreading rates in the UK, the worst-hit country in Europe with about 120,000 deaths, are set to announce the strategies of the four countries in the coming weeks.
The number of confirmed new cases has been declining for a few weeks now, leading to a sharp decline in the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital and the number of daily virus-related deaths.
Johnson is set to outline a possible way out of the lockout for the UK on Monday, although he has insisted the government “excludes data, not dates”.
The fact that students will be able to return to school from March 8 is a widely expected change. Many scientists suggest a safety-first approach to stumble income, with younger students going to the classroom first.
Wales is taking that approach. First Minister Mark Drakford confirmed on Friday that all primary school children between the ages of 5 and 11 are expected to receive face-to-face training in mid-March, as the corona virus situation is “constantly improving”.
Under pressure from a significant number of lawmakers from his Conservative party to deregulate quickly, Johnson is set to set out how to reopen the economy and various segments of society in the coming weeks, while meeting social distance needs.
Shops selling non-essential items such as books and shoes are expected to reopen by the end of March, while pubs and restaurants are urging the government to allow them to serve customers, at least outside, starting at the Easter weekend in early April.
Johnson and the heads of distributed administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are hopeful that locking and vaccinating drivers will be able to remove some of the restrictions on the continued decline of infections.
The UK leads Europe in vaccinations, with 16.4 million people, or more than a quarter of adults, receiving the first dose.
The UK High Court on Friday ruled separately that the government had acted illegally by failing to disclose details of contracts made during the epidemics, despite the “unprecedented” situation. Health Secretary Matt Hankok was found to have breached his legal obligation to issue contract award notices within 30 days of the contracts being awarded.
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