British Prime Minister withdraws self-isolation plan after receiving a series of criticisms
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak will self-isolate under joint guidance and cancel participation in a pilot program allowing them to continue working.
|British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: AFP|
The move comes a day after the new UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he had tested positive for Covid-19.
The British Government’s anti-epidemic response is now in the spotlight as the UK is expected to lift all remaining epidemic prevention measures on July 19, despite the still high number of infections.
The number of Covid-19 infections in the UK increased by 50,000 cases a day and hundreds of thousands of Britons were asked to self-isolate for 10 days. This has had a great impact on employers/businesses and students’ parents; Trains were also canceled and some businesses were forced to close.
The UK government announced at 07:00 GMT that Prime Minister Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak had come into contact with a person with Covid-19 and that both will be participating in a pilot program that will allow them to continue working. work instead of self-isolating.
But less than three hours after the British government’s announcement, the decision was withdrawn by a barrage of criticism from voters, political opponents and business owners.
“He (Prime Minister Johnson) will no longer participate in that pilot program,” a spokesman said. “He will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely,” the spokesman added.
Accordingly, Prime Minister Johnson will self-isolate at his Checkers residence in Buckinghamshire.
Opposition politicians criticized it, it would be hypocritical if Prime Minister Johnson and Minister Sunak had exempted themselves from implementing some epidemic prevention regulations.
The leader of the British Labor Party, Keir Starmer, said: “The way the British Prime Minister self-made epidemic prevention causes chaos, adversely affects the government, and brings deadly consequences to the British public.”
And Minister Sunak acknowledged and reacted to their initial decision. “I realize that even thinking that the same rules don’t apply to everyone is wrong,” Minister Sunak said on Twitter.
The British government’s anti-epidemic approach is said to damage the public’s trust in this country. Most recently, when he was still Health Secretary, Mr. Matt Hancock admitted to violating Covid-19 epidemic prevention regulations after the press published a photo of him hugging his assistant at the office. Matt Hancock resigned after the incident was revealed.
UK Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed that the UK government will continue to implement the plan to remove the epidemic prevention measures, also known as the “free day” plan on July 19 as scheduled. Accordingly, the British government will remove the requirement to wear masks, lift restrictions on gatherings and allow high-risk businesses to reopen.
The UK vaccination program has so far recorded that 87.8% of adults have received one dose of the vaccine and 67.8% have received two doses of the vaccine. British ministers say the vaccination program has largely eliminated the link between the number of infections and the number of deaths from Covid-19.