Covid rules change: Key dates every restriction axed

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Speaking tonight Mr Johnson made the following announcements: 

February 24

Self isolation will no longer be a legal requirement for those who test positive. Quarantine will remain advice.

Close contacts of positive cases will no longer be contacted or advised to test.

Non-jabbed close contacts of someone infected will no longer be required to isolate for 10 days.

There will be an end to the self-isolation payments.

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Mr Johnson told MPs: “Because of the efforts we have made as a country over the past two years, we can now deal with it [Covid] in a very different way.

“It is because of the extraordinary success of this vaccination programme, that we have been able to lift our restrictions earlier than other comparable countries, opening up last summer, while others remained closed, and keeping things open this winter, when others shut down again, making us one of the most open economies and societies in Europe, with the fastest growth anywhere in the G7 last year.

“While the pandemic is not over, we have now passed the peak of the Omicron wave, with cases falling, hospitalisations in England now fewer than 10,000 and still falling, and the link between infection and severe disease substantially weakened.

“Over 71 percent of all adults are now boosted in England, including 93 percent of those 70 and over, and together with the treatments and scientific understanding of the virus we have built up, we now have sufficient levels of immunity to complete the transition from protecting people with Government interventions to relying on vaccines and treatments as our first line of defence.

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