Boris Johnson unveils a five-point plan for the final easing of Covid-19 curbs

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British PM Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed the government aimed to end restrictive measures on 19 July, with a final decision to be taken next week, news wires reported. Unveiling a five-point plan for the final step of easing curbs, he said it would eliminate formal limits on social contact and mandates to wear face masks.

Under the plan, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen and there will be no limits on capacity of hospitality venues. Social-distancing guidelines will be scrapped. The government will also stop instructing people to work from home if they can, leaving employers free to bring staff back to offices.

Britain has recorded more than 128,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest toll in Western Europe, and confirmed infections are rising due to the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Admitting that “this pandemic is far from over”, Johnson however said, “we must reconcile ourselves, sadly, to more deaths from Covid.” But the opening up of the economy was necessary, he said at a news conference.

Johnson also said that people under 40 would be invited for their second Covid shots from eight weeks after their first dose, rather than 12 weeks, bringing it into line with the policy for those over-40s.

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