Boris Johnson is set to call a Covid-19 press conference on Monday to scrap self-isolation rules
Boris Johnson is set to scrap Covid self-isolation rules next week.
The legal requirement to self-isolate after testing positive for coronavirus will end, the Prime Minister is expected to announce on Monday as part of his “living with Covid” plan.
All pandemic regulations must be repealed by the Prime Minister, according to Downing Street.
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Speaking before outlining his plan, Mr Johnson said: “Covid will not suddenly disappear, and we must learn to live with this virus and continue to protect ourselves without restricting our freedoms.
“We have built strong protections against this virus over the past two years through vaccine deployments, testing, new treatments, and better scientific understanding of what this virus can do.
“Thanks to our successful vaccination program and the scale of the number of people who have been bitten, we are now in a position to set out our plan for living with Covid this week.”
Local authorities will still be required to manage outbreaks with pre-existing public health powers, as they would other diseases.
Downing Street said pharmaceutical interventions “will continue to be our first line of defence”, with the vaccination program remaining “open to anyone who has not yet come forward”.
With 85 per cent of the UK population doubly vaccinated and 38 million booster shots given, No 10 said he concluded that “government intervention in people’s lives can finally come to an end”.
The comments come after Armed Forces Minister James Heappey suggested on Thursday that Mr Johnson was likely to announce an end to free lateral flow testing.
Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said: “Boris Johnson declares victory before the war is over, in an effort to distract from the police knocking on his door.
“Labour doesn’t want to see the restrictions in place any longer than they should.
“The government should publish evidence of this decision, so the public can be confident that it is made in the national interest.
“Now is not the time to start charging for tests or watering down sick pay, when people are still being asked to behave responsibly.”