Twice-weekly checks will ensure that the vaccination campaign is ‘not wasted’, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
The people of England will soon be able to enter a COVID-19 test twice a week, says Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as the country looks forward to a life after the epidemic.
Johnson said Monday that the program would break the chain of transmission and help identify asymptomatic cases, which are believed to be responsible for one in three of all infections.
The mass test plan, which goes into effect on Friday, will feature CVV-19 side-by-side flow kits capable of delivering results in about 30 minutes free of charge through testing sites, pharmacies and post offices.
Next week, England are ready to make more concessions from the lockdown, a move driven by a rapid rollout of vaccines.
“As we continue to make good progress in our vaccine program and in our roadmap to carefully simplify restrictions, regular rapid testing is more important to ensure that those efforts are not wasted,” Johnson said in a statement.
Anyone who tests positive using tests will be expected to be self-isolated with other family members.
They will then be able to order follow-up PCR swab tests, which are used to ensure more accurate and official cases.
If any negative results come back, the individual will be allowed to close their individual status.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said mass testing would help officials “quickly identify positive cases and squash any outbreaks”.
“The vaccine program was a shot in the arm for the whole country, but to restore our lost freedom and return us to a common grip on all of us who are regularly tested,” he said.
The next comfort of Johnson’s steps
Later Monday, Johnson will give a televised speech outlining his plans to resume international travel and reopen the economics departments.
He will be sure that all retailers, outdoor hospitality and hairdressers will be able to reopen in England on 12 April.
A traffic light system for countries based on the level of infection and vaccination has been used for international travel which may resume between 1 and 17 May o Overseas leave is currently prohibited by law.
Johnson’s Conservative Party government will conduct several so-called vaccine passport trials in the coming weeks, including the FA Cup final at Wembley Football Stadium in London – to see if passes can help secure crowds at stadiums, nightclubs and concerts.
But Johnson’s own party has several critics, including MLAs Be careful Certificates can prove “divisive and discriminatory”.
Rapid immunization program
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been following their own, gradual slowdown since the harsh lockdown imposed earlier this year.
The measures follow an inoculation campaign that saw at least one dose of the vaccine received by more than 31.5 million people nationwide – more than half of the adult population.
With one of the two vaccines developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-Bioentech, more than five million people are now fully inoculated.
The UK ranks fifth in the world with more than 126,000 deaths. On Saturday, 10 people died in the UK – a six-month record low and a huge fall from more than a thousand peaks in the peak period.
The rollout of the vaccine has raised hopes of an uninterrupted recovery this year, with Johnson seeking to gradually lift all restrictions in England by mid-June.