England Takes A Step in the Unknown

The lockdown that had been in place along with its restrictions are going to be lifted in England on the coming Monday. It is clearly not a good plan because it can mean that more of the rapidly spreading delta variant of the Covid 19 is going to spread. The people will be affected and that will cause more problems in the near future. All the restrictions will be removed and it seriously does not look good.

From Monday, there will be no more limits on indoor gatherings. Nightclubs can reopen, the 1-meter social distancing rule is removed and face masks become largely voluntary, although some airlines and transport companies have said they will retain mask-wearing requirements.

England Takes A Step in the Unknown

Cases remain high across the U.K. with 316,691 cases reported over the last seven days, up around 43% from the previous seven-day period. Hospitalizations are low but are creeping higher, with 4,313 people admitted to hospitals in the last seven days, government data shows. In the last seven days, 283 people have died.

There was no mention of “Freedom Day,” as Monday, July 19 had previously been dubbed, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged caution as the country moved to “Step 4″ of its roadmap of restriction-lifting.

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“Please, please, please be cautious. Go forward tomorrow into the next step with all the right prudence and respect for other people and the risks that the disease continues to present,” Johnson said in a statement released by Downing Street Sunday night.

Deutsche Bank Research Strategist Jim Reid noted on Monday that “the world will be watching the U.K. experiment with huge interest. It could show a pathway back towards normality or it could be a warning to even heavily vaccinated countries that Covid will be a problem for a decent length of time still.”

″Ahead of this symbolic day U.K. new cases dipped below 50k yesterday (Sunday) after two days above. The weekly growth rate is still strong though. Breaking down the numbers the big growth area over this period has been males aged 15-40. It’s the first time in the pandemic that there’s been a notable gender split. It strongly hints at the impact of millions of football fans watching the Euro football final at various venues around the country.”