British Prime Minister Boris Johnson named the conditions necessary for the gradual removal of restrictive measures effective in the kingdom. The statement was released on February 21 by the Office of the Head of the British Government.
On January 4, a national lockdown was imposed in the kingdom due to the spread of the coronavirus. At the same time, the government did not rule out that the quarantine could be extended until the end of March.
“We have identified four key conditions that will have to be met at each stage of the plan,” Johnson said.
For example, he said, successful vaccination of the population and evidence of a decline in deaths and an increase in new COVID-19 cases will be crucial to lifting the restrictions in the U.K.
In addition, the reason for easing the quarantine regime will be the absence of the threat of overloading the health care system of the kingdom, as well as control over the situation with the spread of new strains of coronavirus infection.
On February 16, it became known that a new mutation of the coronavirus had been detected in Great Britain, which had already spread to a total of 10 countries.
On the same day, experts from the New and Emerging Respiratory Viruses Advisory Group (NERVTAG) confirmed that the “British” strain of coronavirus discovered in December was more dangerous than the original SARS-CoV-2 form.
At the same time, a number of cases of the South African strain COVID-19 were reported in England in February in people who had not visited South Africa and had not been in contact with tourists visiting the republic.