The government could start to relax some of the guidelines it introduced in early December amid a rise in Covid cases in the UK.
The spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has seen the government reintroduce face masks on public transport and enclosed public spaces such as restaurants and cafes as part of its ‘Plan B’ strategy.
People have also been encouraged to work from home where possible and to provide Covid passports or negative lateral flow tests to attend indoor events.
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But the latest national figures on Covid cases suggest the government is set to announce an end to these restrictions next week, with work from home and Covid passport guidelines due to be lifted in England on January 26 according to The telegraph .
It comes after a significant 44% drop in Covid cases in the past 24 hours compared to last week.
On Saturday, 81,713 new Covid infections were reported, compared to 146,390 last week, online mirror reported.
Deaths from Covid also saw an 8% drop, with 287 deaths reported on Saturday compared to 313 last week.
The UK Health Security Agency’s chief medical adviser has said Covid infections in the south of England are “leveling off”, but around one in 15 people in the region are still infected.
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Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Dr Susan Hopkins said: “There is still a high rate of infection across the country, around one in 15 in England and around one in 20 in England. other parts of the UK.
“We are seeing infections leveling off in the community, which is good, in London and the south east and east of England.
“There are still uprisings, but much slower in the north of the country.
“All of this means that we are seeing a slowdown in the number of hospital admissions, but they are slowing rather than reversing at the moment, so there are still over 2,000 hospital admissions across the country. UK, and nearly 2,500 yesterday.”
Dr Hopkins added that although hospitals are releasing patients ‘faster’ because Omicron is milder than other coronavirus variants, the NHS still remains under ‘a lot of pressure’ with 15,500 people hospitalized last week and absences Staff.
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