Boris ‘dead set’ against another national lockdown

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “dead set” against another national lockdown as he adopts a new approach for winter.

The Prime Minister is expected to address the country via a press conference on Tuesday to underline how vaccinations will be a central part of the Covid-19 response in the coming months.

According to reports a number of measures to control Covid are set to be loosened and the Prime Minister will tell MPs and the country that “we need to learn to live with Covid” and that vaccines would provide the main line of defence.

Plans for vaccine passports for nightclubs and other large crowd venues have been shelved and the travel traffic lights system will be scrapped. PCR tests will also not be required for fully vaccinated travellers and the red list of countries Brits can visit will be significantly reduced. Currently there are 62 countries on the list.

It is understood some elements of the Coronavirus Act will also be repealed, including those allowing the closing down of the economy, the imposing of restrictions on events and gatherings, the power to temporarily close or restrict access to schools, and powers to detain infectious people.

On Sunday Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Sky News he wanted to get rid of PCR tests for travel “as soon as I possibly can.”

He said:

“I’m not going to make that decision right now, but I’ve already asked the officials that the moment we can, let’s get rid of these kinds of intrusions.”

The Prime Minister is expected to hold the press conference tomorrow (Tuesday) to set out these next steps in the pandemic response plan.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said:

Thanks to the efforts of the public, the NHS and our phenomenal vaccination programme, we reached Step 4 in our Roadmap and life has returned to a sense of normality.

These extraordinary times required necessary but intrusive measures. But I’m determined to get of rid of any powers we no longer need because of our vaccine defences.

I will set out the next phase in our Covid response shortly.

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