Boris Johnson this week confirmed he is axing self‑isolation laws for people with Covid, and curbing free coronavirus testing kits.
The scandal-ridden prime minister unveiled his “living with Covid” plan—which essentially ditched measures that protect people. In a bid to win support from the hard right of his party, which is tempted to remove him as leader, Johnson has accepted their “freedom” agenda.
Johnson said, “Today will mark a moment of pride” as he urged people to return to offices and “normal” life. The new Tory strategy is incredibly dangerous. Ending the testing regime will mean that many people that have Covid won’t know for certain.
They will be encouraged to carry on working, despite any symptoms, and will likely spread the disease. That will put millions of vulnerable people, including those who are older, at risk. Covid kills nearly 2,000 people in Britain each week.
While the Omicron strain has proved to be a milder form of the disease than those that came before, there are no guarantees that new variants will also be.
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