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Health Secretary is ‘cautiously optimistic’ that they can ‘substantially reduce’ restrictions next week’

18th Jan 22 2:27 pm

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has told MPs in the Commons on Tuesday that the Plan B measures such as working from home and vaccine passports could be scrapped by next week.

Javid said that he is “cautiously optimistic” that they can “substantially reduce restrictions” next week as it is likely England has “already reached the peak of the case numbers of hospitilisations.”

The government are also considering to end the pandemic legislation by March which includes the legality over having to self-isolate.

The Guardian has reported that fines of £10,000 for non-compliance could be axed as Minister’s are considering the move.

A senior government source told the paper, “There’s a few legal powers still on the statute book, not least the requirement to self-isolate. At some point we will have to address them.”

The source added that it would be “perverse” to continue with such measures which also includes that providing details to the NHS test and trace.

Javid told MPs, “I have always said that these restrictions should not stay in place a day longer than absolutely necessary.

“Due to these pharmaceutical defences and the likelihood that we have already reached the peak of the case numbers of hospitalisations, I am cautiously optimistic that we will be able to substantially reduce restrictions next week.”

Professor Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (Spi-M), said he hopes that the UK will end up having a “flu-type” relationship with the virus by as early as the end of this year.

He said the data is cautiously good news and told the BBC yesterday that it is to early to know just yet if the pandemic is in decline.

Professor Andrew Hayward, another SAGE member, told Times Radio, the “pandemic will end and we will move to a situation where we’re living with the virus continuing to transmit but causing much less disruption.”

He added, “It will tend to, I think, settle into a seasonal pattern – we may still get quite big winters of infection but not the sort of level where we can justify wholesale societal closedown.

“So I think it is genuinely an optimistic picture, but we’re still not quite there yet.”

He added, that if there is no sharp rise with schools, “I’d be pretty confident that we are seeing this wave turning around.”

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