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England to lift all curbs even as Health Secretary catches covid
England will break free of all legal covid restrictions as per the Prime Minister's July 19 plan, Monday. Johnson claims that two-thirds of the adult population have been vaccinated and therefore he could manage the surge in Delta infections. The daily cases on Saturday crossed the 50,000 mark, highest since January. Worse still, Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who had taken both doses of vaccine, has covid, RT-PCR test confirms.

LONDON, July 18: Even as England is all set to break free of covid restrictions on Monday as per Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan, the new British Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who had taken both doses of covid vaccine, tested positive in an RT-PCR confirmatory test on Saturday night after a positive lateral flow test result in the morning. He had begun self-isolation at home for 10 days after the lateral test, which followed mild symptoms like weakness overnight Friday.

(Lateral flow test provides a quick result. It uses a device similar to a pregnancy test. This is done only in asymptomatic cases, and needs confirmation.)

Javid said that after feeling "a bit groggy", he took the test (lateral flow test) Saturday morning. He tweeted, "This morning I tested (lateral flow test) positive for Covid. I’m waiting for my PCR result, but thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild. Please make sure you come forward for your vaccine if you haven’t already."

"If everyone plays their part, you're not only protecting yourself and your loved ones, but you're also safeguarding the NHS and helping to preserve our way of life," he added. Javid had his second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on May 16.

The Test and Trace staff are looking at his recent close contacts like anyone having been within 1-2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

Javid was reportedly at 10 Downing Street on Friday and met face to face with Prime Minister Boris Johnson who had contracted covid last year and was hospitalised. Javid also appeared alongside Ministers in Parliament last week. Besides, he visited many other offices and people.

Downing Street said Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak would take part in a new programme, where daily tests replace self-isolation. The Opposition has raised objections over this double standard.

Javid had on June 26 replaced former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who resigned following allegations that he flouted covid restrictions.

July 19 plan

Although the infections are mounting every day, the Government has insisted on keeping the deadline of July 19 (Monday ) to end all legal restrictions and break free of covid curbs in England. It claims it can manage any worsening situation as two-thirds of the adult population has been vaccinated. Since January, the daily caseload in the UK crossed 50,000 on Saturday and the Opposition is raising concerns over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move. Javid backs Johnson's plan.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are governed by their own rules.

What happens on July 19 in England:
  • No limit on gatherings
  • Work from home will end
  • Nightclubs open
  • Social distancing not mandatory
  • Face mask not required
  • School curbs and bubbles to end
  • No limit at concerts, theatres or sports events
  • No limit at weddings and funerals
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