The move to the Indian version of Coronavirus threatens the government’s plan for deconfiguration in the United Kingdom, which contemplates ending all social restrictions and facilitating international travel from 21 June.
The vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI, in English), Anthony Harden, admitted this Saturday that the country should proceed with “caution”, whether it ends de-escalation on time or not.
Speaking to the BBC’s public broadcaster, Harden said that the British government and its scientific advisors would “have to examine the data very carefully before completing the deconfinement” and, among other things, be cautious because of the schedule of national immunizations Will happen.
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“Even if we lose our definition (on 21 June), if someone is in a vulnerable state, especially if they have not been vaccinated, they should be vigilant,” he warned, saying Given that it is necessary to continue – growth as a “gradual” process. .
The Conservative government had in January expected to complete the opening of the confinement imposed on June 21 in the United Kingdom, although in recent days it has indicated that plans have been delayed due to an increase in infections due to the progress of the most contagious Indian. Might be possible. Type.
According to data released this week, up to 75% of new cases of COVID-19 found in the United Kingdom correspond to this type first identified in India (B.1.617.2), the more transitive “British version” than the so-called So far dominant in the country (B.1.1.7).
In the past 24 hours, 4,182 new infections have been reported in the United Kingdom, 24% more than a week earlier, and 10 deaths, 38.1% more, while 24.5 million people have already received two doses of the vaccine. Since the onset of the epidemic in March 2020, 4.47 million positives and a total of 127,768 deaths have been recorded.
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The Health Minister, Matt Hancock, has admitted that, although the increase in cases could have been seen as the restrictions were relaxed, it was still early to confirm whether all limits apply on June 21 due to the changing epidemiological situation. Will be able eliminated.
The increasing prevalence of the Indian version in this country has prompted neighbors such as Germany and France to restrict British citizens’ access to their territories, where they would have to serve several days of quarantine, among other sanitary conditions.
Despite the fact that Spain and other tourist destinations keep their doors open for visitors to the United Kingdom, it remains in doubt whether London will facilitate these trips abroad in the short term, despite pressure from executive tour operators and airline sectors do.
After resuming international departures on 17 May – previously they were illegal, with exceptions – the Transport Minister, Grant Schaaps, plans to announce a review of the list of “green” locations on 7 June or less of the virus. Those considered to be at risk are those whose passengers are exempted from quarantine upon their return to the UK.
Shapps said in Parliament this week that he has asked the United Biosafety Center to “separately” analyze whether tourist islands such as the Spanish in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands could be included in that list, though his Countries are in the second category.
However, the minister stressed that, in addition to having low levels of infection and showing progress in vaccination, the islands should be able to detect and combat the types of risk.
The British system divides areas according to a traffic light system, so that those in green do not require quarantine when returning to the United Kingdom, while passengers returning from an “amber” destination, such as Spain, have to disassociate themselves And have to run. At least two PCR tests.
“Red” destinations require quarantine at specially designated hotels. (I)
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