Global News

Breaking news & current latest Canadian news headlines; national weather forecasts & predictions, local news videos, money and financial news; sports stats and scores.

https://globalnews.ca/

England lifts most COVID-19 restrictions, including face masks and passes.

Click to play video: 'U.K. drops COVID-19 restrictions, scraps mandatory face masks'

WATCH: U.K. drops COVID-19 restrictions, scraps mandatory face masks – Jan 19, 2022

Most coronavirus restrictions including mandatory face masks were lifted in England on Thursday, after Britain’s government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations.

From Thursday, face coverings are no longer required by law anywhere in England, and a legal requirement for COVID passes for entry into nightclubs and other large venues has been scrapped.

The government last week dropped its advice for people to work from home as well as guidance for face coverings in classrooms.

The so-called “Plan B” measures were introduced in early December to stop the rapid spread of the omicron variant from overwhelming health services and to buy time for the population to get its booster vaccine shot.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the government’s vaccine rollout, testing and development of antiviral treatments combine to make “some of the strongest defenses in Europe,” allowing a “cautious return” to normality.

But he added that “as we learn to live with COVID, we need to be clear eyed that this virus is not going away.” While infections continue to fall, health officials said that omicron remained prevalent across the country, especially among children and the elderly.

Officials said that almost 84 per cent of people over 12 years old in the U.K. have had their second vaccine dose, and that of those eligible, 81 per cent have received their booster shot.

Hospital admissions and the number of people in intensive care units have stabilized or fallen, and daily cases have fallen from a peak of over 200,000 cases a day around New Year to under 100,000 in recent days.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that the surge of omicron infections “has now peaked nationally.”

As the government moved away from legal measures, some shops and public transport operators say they will continue to ask people to don their face masks. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said face coverings will still be required on the capital’s buses and subway trains.

The legal requirement for those infected to self-isolate for five full days remains, but Johnson said that measure will also end soon, to be replaced with advice and guidance for those infected to be cautious.

Health officials have said they are planning a longer-term, post-pandemic strategy that treats COVID-19 more like the flu.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which make their own public health rules, have similarly relaxed their virus restrictions.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Останні новини
Hryvnia rate to stabilize in next 10 days - expert

Hryvnia rate to stabilize in next 10 days - expert

Normalization of the cash exchange rate after the National Bank removed rate caps is expected within 10 days. In the near future, the hryvnia rate will be at UAH 34-36 to the U.S. dollar.

UkrInform

Ukraine war: Civilians struggle for survival in besieged Severodonetsk.

Ukraine war: Civilians struggle for survival in besieged Severodonetsk.

Sky's Alex Crawford reports from Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, the one remaining pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the war-zone which is Luhansk. There are estimated to be a few thousand civilians left in the city - many of whom have stayed to...

2 33

Pres. Biden welcomes Finland and Sweden leaders to the White House in support of their bid to joi…

Pres. Biden welcomes Finland and Sweden leaders to the White House in support of their bid to joi…

President Biden announced he's throwing his full support behind accepting Sweden and Finland into NATO. Mr. Biden welcomed his Swedish and Finnish counterparts to the White House on Wednesday, where they discussed the nations' NATO applications an...

House to vote on bills addressing domestic terrorism, baby formula shortage.

House to vote on bills addressing domestic terrorism, baby formula shortage.

The U.S. House is set to vote on bills aimed at tackling the nationwide baby formula shortage, and addressing domestic terrorism in the wake of the mass shooting in Buffalo. CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane joins CBS News' Ela...

1

U.S. stocks plunge as major retailers show poor results

U.S. stocks plunge as major retailers show poor results

Stocks plummeted on Wall Street after disappointing quarterly results from the nation's largest retailers. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe has the latest. Then, Akane Otani, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal...

Pediatric nurse uses healing power of music to bring kids joy.

Pediatric nurse uses healing power of music to bring kids joy.

Manny Remilus was in and out of the hospital as a kid. Now that he's a nurse, he wants to make hospital stays easier for children. So, he sings to them – and has even taken the healing power of music to a big stage. #News #GoodNews #TheUplift CBS ...

The Inside Story-Ukraine: Food, Fuel & Photo-Ops

The Inside Story-Ukraine: Food, Fuel & Photo-Ops

On The Inside Story, meet Ukraine's wheat farmers dodging Russian fire to keep the world fed. Are economic sanctions biting Russia's energy sector? Why are top-level Americans visiting Kyiv? And meet fighters from Belarus ready to battle Russia on...