UK PM Boris Johnson to announce his plans to manage COVID during winters
Despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases, Johnson is under pressure from certain members of his ruling Conservative Party for raising taxes to address a health and social care crisis.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out his preparations for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic over the winter months, including a decision to cancel the implementation of vaccination passports and moves to phase out some emergency powers. Despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases, Johnson is under pressure from certain members of his ruling Conservative Party for raising taxes to address a health and social care crisis. Johnson appears likely to try to appease those opponents by abandoning plans to issue passports.
Speaking to reporters, Health Minister Sajid Javid stated that he does not expect further lockdowns and that vaccination passports would not be used in England since the government relies on vaccines and testing to protect the public. Javid stated that as fall and winter approaches, the prime minister will this week layout their strategies to control COVID over the next few months, emphasising that our immunisation campaign is effective.
Britain, which has one of the world's highest official COVID-19 mortality rates, had seen the number of cases grow in recent months, after the easing of restrictions in July when the government initially relied on vaccines to protect the public. With the enactment of the Coronavirus Act in March 2020, the government was given broad emergency powers, including the ability to prohibit protests, close companies, and limit travel. The major opposition Labour Party agreed that taking certain regulations off the books was a "sensible" approach, but lawmakers will look into the specifics of the plans.