HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is all ready to reveal a series of measures as a part of the plans to start unlocking the UK from Covid19 lockdown.
  • After the cabinet meeting to finalize the latest set of plans, Johnson is scheduled to host a Downing Street press conference in the evening.
  • As a part of the announcements, the UK Prime Minister is also expected to lay out details of trial events in the coming months
  • Downing Street has also indicated that the Ministers are also finalizing on plans to allow overseas travel via a ‘traffic light system approach’.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is all ready to uncurtain a series of measures as a part of the plans to start unlocking the UK from Covid19 lockdown on Monday, including so-called COVID passports for mass events and a traffic lights system for foreign travel.

After the cabinet meeting to finalize the latest set of plans, Johnson is scheduled to host a Downing Street press conference in the evening to set out details of the next stage in his roadmap that will include the opening of non-essential shops, pubs, and restaurants from April 12. It comes at a time when the Government announced plans of twice-weekly free Covid19 tests for all in England to commence from the end of this week.

The UK Health Minister Edward Argar mentioned to a leading news agency that one thing they are not wanting to see when the vaccination program is working well is getting the new variants or risking new variants getting imported into this country.

As a part of the announcements, the UK Prime Minister is also expected to lay out details of trial events in the coming months that will investigate how ventilation and testing before and after events could help audiences back into arenas and auditorium – over a year after being closed to curb the spread of the deadly infection ‘Coronavirus’.

The trials are expected to last till mid-May, when the next phase of lockdown is scheduled to commence before total ease of restrictions by June 21 under the roadmap of Johnson.

The pilot schemes involving what is being dubbed as “Covid-status certification” will involve the football FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London and are expected to involve a smartphone app or a paper certificate.

Nearly 40 Parliamentarians from Johnson’s conservative Party and privacy campaigners have suggested that such passports can prove counter-productive.

Downing Street has also indicated that the Ministers are also finalizing on plans to allow overseas travel via a ‘traffic light system approach’, with Nations designated as red, amber, and green according to their Covid19 risk level.

Under the current lockdown protocols, Non-essential International travel remains banned and the Government advice continues to go against booking any overseas trips for summer holidays at this stage.

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