According to the government, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out plans for the next stage in relaxing lockdown in England on Monday, including guidelines on social distance, facial coverings, and working from home.
The last legal limitations aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 are set to be eliminated on July 19, with a decision on whether to proceed slated for July 12.
Data shows that cases will continue to climb if limitations are relaxed, but the government claims that the immunisation campaign has reduced the relationship between hospitalizations and fatalities.
People will adapt to COVID like they do to flu, Johnson is anticipated to remark, which means that hospitalizations, major sickness, and fatalities will persist, but at a far lower level than before widespread immunisation.
“Thanks to the successful rollout of our vaccination programme, we are progressing cautiously through our roadmap,” Johnson said in a statement.
“But I must stress that the pandemic is not over and that cases will continue to rise over the coming weeks.
“As we begin to learn to live with this virus, we must all continue to carefully manage the risks from COVID and exercise judgement when going about our lives.”
The take-up of vaccines in Britain has been strong, with 86% of adults receiving a first dose and 64% receiving two doses as of Sunday, government data shows.
However, COVID-19 instances have increased in recent weeks, owing to the now-dominant Delta form, and the last stage of lockdown relaxing has been delayed by four weeks to allow for more individuals to get vaccinated.
According to data from Public Health England, vaccinations are extremely efficient in avoiding severe illness and hospitalisation from this strain.
On Sunday, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that face masks would no longer be required following the penultimate stage in the lockdown’s lifting.