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British Health Minister Javid: No restrictions before the new year

Ahead of the New Year’s celebrations in the UK, Health Minister Sajid Javid confirmed that he will not impose additional restrictions due to COVID-19. Stating that they should “be cautious” while attending the New Year’s celebrations, Javid said that everyone should definitely do a lateral flow test before participating in the events. Javid advised the public to “celebrate outdoors whenever possible,” while recommending ventilation for indoor spaces.

New restrictions may be introduced in January

“Of course we’ll see if we need to take further action as we enter the new year,” Javid signaled in January that the government could impose more restrictions. Stating that the government will carefully monitor the hospital data, Javid said, “If we need to take action in the future, of course we will not hesitate to do so.”

Stating that the UK is “focusing on vaccines” in the effort with COVID-19, Javid said that there is “still a lot of uncertainty” about the Omicron mutation, which accounts for the vast majority of incidents across the UK. Javid, however, also mentioned that there has been positive news recently that the Omicron mutation is milder.

Nightclubs closed in the rest of the UK

In the UK’s Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, governments have imposed tighter post-Christmas restrictions. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all nightclubs were closed after the Christmas holidays. In all three countries, the obligation of people to defend the 2-meter social distance was brought back. In Wales, gatherings in groups of up to 6 people are allowed in areas such as bars, restaurants and cinemas, while a maximum of 30 individuals are allowed in indoor venue events and a maximum of 50 people in outdoor venue events. In Scotland, indoor gatherings were ended with 100 to 200 people, and outdoor activities with 500 people. In Ireland, up to 6 to 10 individuals are allowed in indoor gatherings.

98 thousand 515 events in the last 24 hours

With the detection of 98 thousand 515 incidents in the last 24 hours in England, the total number of incidents increased to 12 million 209 thousand 991. With 143 deaths in the country in the last 24 hours, the total loss of life reached 148 thousand 3.

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