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Wait For The Covid App To Ping On July 19th Independence Day

On so-called Freedom Day, business leaders, scientists, and politicians slammed Boris Johnson for abandoning lockdown restrictions.
Ministers urged people to take “personal responsibility” as they returned to work, bars, and restaurants as temperatures soared.
As several nightclubs reopened at a minute after midnight, they were filled.
Early indications suggested that there had not been a rush back to work, with Tube ridership at 40% of pre-pandemic levels until 9 a.m. on Monday, similar to many previous days, and bus ridership slightly higher than the trend at 69%.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi defended the plan’s timeline, saying that it will allow double-jabbed people who are “pinged” via the NHS Covid app to avoid self-isolation if they test negative starting August 16th.
“There are no simple options,” he said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “But this is the clinical advise.” The limits on self-isolation have been modified for frontline NHS and social care workers.
Ministers have appealed on businesses to display “corporate responsibility” as England prepares for its greatest Covid-19 wave yet as the government leads the country into unknown scientific terrain.
But, business leaders chastised the Prime Minister, warning that the “pingdemic” was closing pubs, stores, and other businesses.
“There are estimations, that we’ve made, that up to five million people might be self-isolating by August 16 — some estimates are ten million people,” CBI President Lord Bilimoria told Talk Radio.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair recommended for a broader use of lateral flow tests to combat the “pingdemic” that is currently harming the economy in every sector.
Mr Zahawi described the lifting of legal restrictions as a “cautious approach to restoring normalcy to our lives and getting our businesses back on their feet” at a time when schools are on break and the UK immunization program is underway.
“I think it is appropriate that we now shift from governing by diktat because we want to ask our lives back, get back to normality and get people to accept personal responsibility, yes, but also corporate responsibility,” he told BBC Breakfast, as ministers toned down their rhetoric on “Freedom Day.” But, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer stepped up his criticism of the blanket ending of “Freedom Day.”
“The government must swiftly alter course, abandon plans to relax all limitations, and re-establish public trust in the isolation system they have damaged,” he said.
This is why Boris Johnson’s chaotic, inept leadership style is so dangerous.
“I urge Londoners and visitors to continue to obey these guidelines and go at quieter times whenever possible,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said as the row erupted at Westminster.
The plan was for vaccines to be given to children who are more vulnerable to major Covid infection, children who live with people who are more vulnerable to serious Covid infection, and 17-year-olds who are three months away from turning 18 before perhaps being extended to additional children.
Professor Andrew Hayward, director of UCL’s Department of Epidemiology and Health Care, cautioned that coronavirus mortality were “likely” to climb by the “low” tens of thousands, with a worst-case scenario reaching the “middle/high” tens of thousands.
Covid cases might reach 100,000 to 200,000 each day, according to modeling, up from 48,161 yesterday, albeit hospitalizations and deaths are significantly lower than in past rounds.

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