After the Covid rules and restrictions were gradually reduced for months, the government could soon announce new measures.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuses to put in place any further bans but is expected to announce his plan to curb the current surge in cases across the vast majority of the country.
Scotland has seen a huge surge in cases since students returned to school, which it did earlier than England, and now hospitals are feeling the burden of more admissions.
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Mr Johnson still believes the vaccine program is still the best defense, but other measures could be taken to avoid another NHS crisis when winter approaches
He is reportedly “adamant” that a nationwide lockdown is not reintroduced thanks to the vaccination program, and is also expected to unveil the biggest flu vaccination campaign of all time at the same time.
Emergency measures that could be taken to avoid having to close pubs and schools again include wearing masks, re-closing offices, and returning some social distancing rules.
Mr Johnson is expected to make an announcement this week, but Downing Street has yet to confirm the exact date and time of his address.
Here are some of the measures that could be rolled out this fall.
Vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds
Vaccinations for students between the ages of 12 and 15 should “start in a few weeks”.
A mass program could begin in schools within two weeks, possibly September 22nd.
The decision follows a report led by Chris Whitty along with health ministers from all four nations.
As with other school vaccination programs, parental or guardian consent is obtained.
Earlier this week, Mr Johnson said, “Thanks to the efforts of the public, the NHS and our phenomenal immunization program, we have reached Step 4 on our roadmap and life has returned to a sense of normalcy.
“These extraordinary times required necessary but intrusive measures. But I am determined to get rid of any powers that we no longer need because of our immunization protection.
“I will shortly set out the next phase of our Covid response.”
The government also expects the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) to recommend details of a vaccination booster program next week.
The government expects the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) to recommend details of a vaccination booster program next week.
There are plans to give booster jabs to the weakest this month.
However, Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, whose team developed the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, said on Friday that he believed that vaccines should be donated as a priority to countries where people are still waiting for an initial dose.
Worryingly, an official spokesman for Mr Johnson told the Guardian this week the nation should stand ready for the NHS to face “a difficult time” this winter.
That could mean that the requirement to wear face masks will be reintroduced should infection rates rise alarmingly, despite no firm plans.
Since July, it is no longer mandatory to wear them in crowded indoor public spaces.
Downing Street is said to prefer the move to reintroduce social distancing rules as it has a less direct impact on the economy.
Exactly where they must be worn is not known, but likely indoors with a particular focus on public transport and supermarkets.
But a measure is not to be introduced.
Another day and another turn of the government would appear.
Health Minister Sajid Javid told the Adnrew Marr Show on Sunday that a program of vaccine passports for entry to nightclubs and major events in England was not being carried out.
He told the BBC: “We shouldn’t do anything about it.”
Criticized by venues and some MPs, the plan was believed to be unveiled later this month.
As part of the program, members of the public should have provided evidence that they received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine to gain access to clubs and other crowded events.
The Night Time Industries Association said the plans could have crippled the industry and seen nightclubs face discrimination cases.
But Mr. Javid said, “I never liked the idea of telling people that you need to show your papers or something in order to do an everyday activity, but we were right to get it right.
“We’ve been looking at it carefully and while we should keep it in reserve as a possible option, I am pleased to announce that we will not be pursuing the vaccine passport plans.”
But it appears to be a change in the government’s stance from a week ago.
On the same television broadcast last week, Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that the end of September would be the right time to start the vaccination record program for large crowds, as all over 18s would have been offered two vaccinations by then and it would be “the best.” Way “to keep the night industry open.
Expensive PCR tests “to scrap”
Vacationers returning to the UK may no longer need to take expensive PCR Covid tests if they have had two vaccinations under new government regulations.
The aim is to introduce the switch before the next half-time break for people from green and yellow list countries, and there will be cheaper lateral flow tests instead of the PCR requirement, reports the Mail on Sunday.
Part of the plans also provide that travelers no longer need a Covid test when leaving the UK.
It comes after much criticism that PCR providers exploit the cost of the tests to make travel very expensive.
Currently, PCR testing costs a typical family of four, sometimes in excess of £ 600, and the Competition and Markets Authority has reportedly received many complaints about “shady pricing practices”.