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The consensus among the four nations of the United Kingdom on planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions Christmas appears to be frayed, even though everyone agreed on Wednesday to uphold the laws on relaxation.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson He said the four nations had “unanimously” agreed to uphold the special Christmas rules, but it appears that the orientation in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could well be different following the start of the scheduled five-day relaxation from 23 from December.

After a meeting Wednesday of leaders of the four nations, the law surrounding Christmas relaxation will remain in effect, allowing three different households to form a Christmas bubble until December 27.

Shoppers walk down a quiet stretch of road near London’s Covent Garden on December 14. (Getty)

Johnson told lawmakers there was agreement at the meeting that “we should proceed in principle with existing regulations because we don’t want to criminalize people’s plans.”

Although the law will not necessarily change, the orientation may be different in the four nations. Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has already said that his government’s recommendation is that only two households meet.

Concerns about planned easing have risen in recent days. With new infections on the rise in many places, many fear that relaxation will only increase infections and deaths and put too much pressure on the already stressed National Health Service.

Johnson said it is important for people to properly assess what is right for them and their loved and close ones.

“We believe that it is absolutely vital that people, at this very, very difficult time, exercise a high degree of personal responsibility, especially when they come into contact with older people, and avoid contact with older people whenever possible,” he said.

The looming temporary easing comes days after many parts of the country saw restrictions tighten. Wednesday, London and nearby areas entered the highest level of local restrictions in England – Level 3 – in which pubs and restaurants had to close again, in addition to takeaway food, and more obstacles were placed on meetings from different households. Other areas of England, including the cities of Manchester and Birmingham, will find out later on Wednesday if they will be reduced to Level 2 restrictions.
People sit outside a pub in Covent Garden, London, December 15, 2020. (AP)
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the launch of the coronavirus vaccine Developed by US-based Pfizer and German company BioNTech had changed the narrative since the Christmas bubble decision was made last month. The United Kingdom on December 8 became the first country in the world to use the vaccine, which has an effectiveness rate of about 95 percent.

“Hope has been given that early in the new year, if not earlier, those people can get vaccinated. So why not wait a few weeks or months to reunite the family when you can safely do so in 2021?” he told BBC radio.

Britain’s new vaccine minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said on Wednesday that 137,897 people had received an injection since vaccines began. Everyone must return in three weeks for a follow-up injection.

“A really good start to the vaccination program,” he said in a tweet.

The government, which is providing the vaccine for free mostly in hospitals so far, is targeting nursing home workers and people over 80 years old first. Residents of nursing homes are now also being vaccinated after problems related to the transportation of the vaccine, which must be kept in very cold temperatures, were addressed.

Despite the update, questions remain about how many people can get vaccinated on any given day and what proportion of people who are offered the vaccine agree to receive it.

To date, there are 800,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the UK and 5 million more are expected to arrive this year, half the original expectation.

Other vaccines, of American Modern Biotechnology Firm and one developed by the University of Oxford and the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, are currently being evaluated by British regulators.

– Reported with Associated Press

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