England faces two different winter Covid plans depending on how bad the pandemic gets over the next few months.
The government’s Plan A is tailored to where we are now, while Plan B is put in place when the situation gets worse.
The rules apply in England, with the decentralized nations deciding which rules apply.
Under Plan A, the government will withdraw further powers, but retain some of the powers it believes are “essential” to responding to the pandemic.
The worst of the measures are being held in reserve, including requiring vaccination cards in some locations and renewed legal requirements for face masks in shops and on public transport.
Plan B would also encourage people to work from home. And a lockdown is not ruled out – although it is the absolute last resort.
During a press conference on Downing Street, Professor Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer, outlined the three factors that could trigger Plan B.
Prof. Whitty said, “There are three things that I think are worth looking at – first, the absolute number of people who go to the hospital.
“The second is the rate of change – a gradual upward drift is one thing, if you suddenly see a very rapid rise you need to consider taking earlier action.
“The third of these is the overall health of the NHS, which will cause it to fluctuate over the course of the year, and as you go into winter you are prone to greater pressures, so all of these things that I believe need to be taken into account.” must be taken into account. ” “We are confident that we can continue with Plan A”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “On Plan B and when and how and I want to know what might be the trigger for staying the target.
“There is all sorts of data that we will continue to study throughout the pandemic to decide what the risks are. We will keep you updated on where we are and we are confident that we can move forward with Plan A.
“I think what I want to emphasize about Plan B is that it has a number of different shots in the locker and you wouldn’t necessarily play them all at once, on the contrary. You want to do things in stages.” .
“I’m just emphasizing what I think Patrick has said many times, that we are now in a situation where, because so many people in the population have some level of immunity, minor changes in the way we do ask people to behave, a greater can have. ” Impact and less propensity for the pandemic. “
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