Almost all containment measures will be lifted in England on July 19, the Government confirmed today, when 34,471 new cases and 06 covid-19 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours in the UK.
“We firmly believe that this is the right time to bring our nation closer to normal life, so we will move to the next phase of our plan on July 19,” announced the Health Minister, Sajid Javid, not Parliament.
The executive concluded that the four tests defined for deconfinement, namely the vaccination success, evidence that vaccines are reducing hospitalizations and deaths, that infection rates are not likely to overwhelm health services, and that no new variant could be particularly dangerous.
However, he also acknowledged that the number of infections will continue to rise and potentially reach 100,000 new cases a day in the summer.
The minister said that, although the measures are no longer mandatory by law, they will continue to be made recommendations to people and companies to respect social distance and prevent the transmission of the virus.
For example, the Government will encourage companies such as nightclubs or nightclubs and organizers of large events to apply for vaccination certificates.
Javid also said that those who work from home can “go back to the [local de] I work gradually”, and said that it was “expected and recommended” people to wear masks in closed spaces with many people, such as public transport.
The autonomy of powers implies that each of the other regions (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) have different rules and timetables.
Scotland is expected to lift further restrictions on 19 July and 9 August, Northern Ireland expects to ease the rules on 26 July, while Wales is expected to give more details on next steps later this week.
On Sunday the UK had recorded 31,772 new covid-19 cases and 26 deaths, but the weekend data is recurrently lower due to delayed processing.
In the last seven days, between 0 and 12 July, the daily average was 29 deaths and 32,599 cases, which corresponds to an increase of 56.2% in the number of deaths and 28.1% in the number of infections in relation to seven days earlier.
The daily average of people hospitalized was 440 between June 30 and July 6, an increase of 56.6% compared to the previous seven days.
On Thursday, given the most recent data, 2,731 patients were hospitalized, of which 417 were using a ventilator.
Since the start of the pandemic, 128,431 deaths from covid-19 have been reported out of a total of 5,155,243 confirmed infections in the UK.
On Sunday, 149,620 vaccines were administered, of which 42,000 were the first dose and 107,620 were the second dose.
Since December, 45,923,721 people have been inoculated, corresponding to 87.2% of the adult population, and 34,872,131 million people, or 66.2% of the adult population, have already been fully vaccinated.
The covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 4,035,567 deaths worldwide, among more than 186.7 million cases of infection by the new coronavirus, according to the most recent report by the Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, 17,164 people have died and 909,756 cases of infection have been registered, according to the Directorate-General for Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.