Thursday, December 2, 2021

Johnson: UK sticks to plan despite COVID surge

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is resisting calls by some health officials to impose new COVID-19 restrictions, despite a spike in new infections that have hit the country.

On Thursday, the health ministry reported 52,000 new infections, with an average of more than 44,000 cases per day reported in the past week, up 16% from the previous week.

The World Health Organization said this week that the UK has one of the highest daily new infections in the European region, the only part of the world that saw a rise in new cases last week.

Speaking to reporters, Johnson said the government is committed to sticking to the plan outlined earlier this year, which includes a series of steps that will allow the country to reopen and lift restrictions.

Johnson said officials are closely monitoring the COVID-19 numbers and said that while the numbers are high, they are within the parameters predicted by government experts.

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Johnson said the best thing people can do now is get them vaccinated. Nearly 80% of UK residents 12 and older have been fully vaccinated, and revaccination is offered to all over 50.

Johnson said: “Ninety percent of the adult population now has antibodies. But we must strengthen ourselves further. “

Critics of the government’s plan say the campaign to stimulate the contagion is progressing more slowly than the contagion. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday that the revaccination campaign is currently vaccinating about 165,000 people a day, and that should be closer to 500,000 a day.

Some of the information for this report came from the Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse.

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