Despite the astronomical numbers of daily coronavirus cases due to the Omicron variant, Boris Johnson and his government are set to press ahead with a new ‘Living With Covid’ strategy
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Despite the nation’s total coronavirus death toll passing over 150,000 at the weekend, Boris Johnson ‘s government is now preparing a new “living with Covid” strategy.
It’s understood that plans are being drawn up for the next phase of managing Covid-19, which is expected to include a guide as to how the UK can return to normality.
The news comes as ministers become increasingly sure the virus is on the path to becoming endemic, Metro reports. This means that while many will continue to become infected, the danger to life will be less than it has been over the past years.
In the last seven days at the time of writing, 1,217,097 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK while another 1,295 have lost their lives.
When will the living with Covid strategy be announced?
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An official announcement for the strategy is expected in the coming weeks, according to the i newspaper.
However, it has been stated that the changes won’t be seen while the Omicron wave remains prolific, despite significant resistance from Tory backbenchers.
Speaking to Sky News, the World Health Organisation’s special envoy on Covid-19, Dr David Nabarro, said: “I’m afraid we are moving through the marathon but there’s no actual way to say that we’re at the end – we can see the end in sight, but we’re not there.
“And there’s going to be some bumps before we get there.”
What will ‘Living With Covid’ likely involve?
While the exact details of the new strategy are still being drawn up, the Mirror has reported on a range of changes that are expected to be introduced.
The expected headline changes are:
Which countries have suffered the most Covid-related deaths?
The news of the new plan comes as the UK becomes just the seventh country in the world that have suffered 150,000 deaths from the virus – the first in Europe.
We have listed each of the countries to reach the grim milestone and the rate of deaths per 100,000 to give an indication of the scale of each country’s loses.
Case data has been gathered by the Johns Hopkins University and per 100,000 data from CNN Health. Data is correct to Monday, January 10, 2022.
- United States, 837,664 deaths – 255 per 100,000
- Brazil, 126,427 deaths – 294 per 100,000
- India, 483,936 deaths – 35 per 100,000
- Russia, 310,513 deaths – 215 per 100,000
- Mexico, 300,334 deaths – 235 per 100,000
- Peru, 203,019 deaths – 624 per 100,000
- UK, 150,634 deaths – 225 per 100,000
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.