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Britain Prime Minister Has Announced The End Of All COVID-19 Measures, Will Ramaphosa Follow In SA?

Boris Johnson has announced the end of all Covid measures introduced to combat the Omicron variant.

The measures include compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, guidance to work from home vaccine certificates. His announcement will be effective from next week.

The prime minister also told the House of Commons that the legal requirement on people with coronavirus to self-isolate would be allowed to lapse when the regulations expired on 24 March, and that date could be brought forward. To chee from some on the Conservative benches, Johnson also announced an immediate end to the need for pupils to wear masks at secondary schools.

While Johnson’s statement will please a number of his backbenchers. It prompted concern from teaching and health unions and public health representatives. Responding for Labour, Keir Starmer said he would back the change as long as it was supported by evidence. He said Johnson must reassure the public he is acting to protect their health, not just his job.

The prime minister said COVID-19 data was showing that time and again his government got the toughest decisions right and that the plan B rules imposed in December could be lifted from next Thursday. It's the day after a pre-existing review point.

Although it had been expected that Johnson would announce the end of work-from-home guidance and the need to show a certificate proving vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter some venues. But the immediate lifting of mandatory mask rules will come as a surprise to many people in the United Kingdom.

While in this country, pressure mounts on Ramaphosa to end a state of disaster. With just three weeks left to the end of the state of the disaster which has been imposed to contain COVID-19, pressure is mounting on President Cyril Ramaphosa not to renew it. Last Friday, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma extended the national state of disaster to February 15 despite numerous objections that these regulations were no longer necessary.

Now the ball is in the hands of President Cyril Ramaphosa to make things happen for South Africa too. Moreover, our scientists have made it clear that other variants that will follow Omicron will be less effective. Surely, there is no need for strict COVID-19 restrictions. This step might also boost the struggling economy of this country and revive the companies that were hard hit by lockdown regulations.

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