The United Kingdom is continuing its successful deconfinement. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will confirm on Monday the easing of restrictions linked to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, based on the improvement in the health situation, his services announced on Sunday.
The conservative leader will make public the third stage of his deconfinement roadmap on Monday afternoon, after taking stock with his ministers in the morning. This new step will take effect on May 17, when certain restrictions on foreign travel are also eased.
Families will be able to hug each other
From that date, the British should be allowed to meet in closed places: six people at most or two homes. Minister of State Michael Gove told the BBC on Sunday that the government wanted to re-authorize “contact between friends and family”, who may have the right to hug each other.
Pubs and restaurants should once again be able to serve their customers indoors and weddings have up to 30 participants. Outside, gatherings of more than 30 people should remain prohibited.
But the infection rate has dropped to its lowest level since September and hospital admissions continue to decline or peak at low levels in some areas, Downing Street said. Estimates from the National Bureau of Statistics (ONS) show that one in 1,180 people is affected by the coronavirus compared to one in 480 in early April.
Since the launch of the vaccination campaign in early December, more than 35 million of the 68 million inhabitants of the United Kingdom have received a first dose of the vaccine against the Covid-19 and the government says it is “on track” to achieve its goal of offering a first vaccination to all adults by the end of July.
“The data reflects what we already knew – we are not going to let this virus win,” Boris Johnson said in a statement from Downing Street.
“Our vaccination program continues to be successful – over two-thirds of adults in the UK have now received a first dose – and we can now deconfin cautiously but irreversibly. “
The Covid-19 has killed more than 127,000 people in the United Kingdom, the most bereaved country in Europe by this disease.