As he enlists multiple new methods of change to encourage an end to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minster Boris Johnson emphasized that the new changes put in place are not guaranteed.
Johnson highlighted that these new conditions “all depends on a series of big if’s”, which meant that despite the government’s efforts to implement new strategies to fight against the viral infection, that they might not prevail.
During his address, Johnson explained to viewers that it is currently impossible to lift the standard measures of lockdown but rather imposed a more detailed update on how his conditional plan to reset the country back, can be successful.
Johnsons highly anticipated address consisted of a proposed bio-security centre and system to keep track of new COVID-19 infections, to reduce the number of cases and slowly ease the public back into normalcy as the ‘R’ (rate of infection) is decreased due to the continued efforts of social distancing and coronavirus testing.
Among the list of changes includes a ‘5 test’ plan to assist in controlling, reducing and essentially ending the coronavirus outbreak, to impose a quarantine check on individuals flying into the country from other parts of the world, to encourage workers to work from home if possible, or walk to work/travel by car and avoid taking public transport, and to assist the NHS with the extreme conditions of infected individuals in care homes, to name a few.
It surely is a long road ahead, but with lockdown regulations and dedication from both political figures and the general public to consistently abide by them, we will surely overcome this pandemic.
By Zinhle Nhlangothi