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Elimination of Covid-19 measures unleashes controversy in UK

Elimination of Covid-19 measures unleashes controversy in UK

London, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Government's plans to eliminate all Covid-19 restrictions from July 19, included mandatory wear of facemasks in shops and public transport, on Tuesday unleashed conflicting opinions in the United Kingdom.
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On the one hand, Calum Semple, who is a member of the British authorities’ advisory board, considered that this is a calculated risk rather than a gamble.

Other Semple’s colleagues, such as Mark Walport, believe that lifting restrictions will boost the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday during a press briefing that the Government plans to remove all restrictions still in force due to Covid-19 and decree the return to normal life in England as of July 19.

Although he made clear that the final decision would be made next week, Johnson said he is confident that in two weeks, there would be no restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors or outdoors.

We must be honest with ourselves, and ask ourselves if we do not reopen now, when we can return to normal life, wondered the prime minister, who admitted that contagions continue to rise and could reach 50,000 a day by July 19.

Health Minister Sajid Javid was even more drastic on Tuesday about the increase in daily cases, saying that the number of contagions could reach 100,000 by August.

In a first reaction on Monday to Johnson’s announcement, Labour Party’s leader Keir Starmer called the Conservative Government irresponsible for trying to undo all measures at once.

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