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England lifts COVID restrictions as Omicron threat recedes

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Meanwhile, Japan still thinking about it. Second vaccination drive ended a long time ago. There’s no reason not to start booster drive now.

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People with some guts.

12 ( +18 / -6 )

As Australia shows, the government declaring the pandemic over doesn't make it so.

The UK is averaging 270 deaths per day from COVID-19 which is not decreasing.

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I believe the U.K. government will start charging for LFTs and PCRs from next month. Watch cases fall off a cliff!

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Japan still thinking about it. Second vaccination drive ended a long time ago. There’s no reason not to start booster drive now.

It's already started. We got our application letters a few weeks ago, boosters booked for mid-next month.

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Life in the UK is going back to pre-pandemic times.

Nice to see that!

14 ( +22 / -8 )

Come the time come the man.

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Japan will be the last country to return to normal among all countries, not just G7. That includes mask wearing, and Covid boosters for years to come.

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Well Brits have real things to worry about now, not made-up ones. Time to move on and treat 'covid' as the flu is treated.

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BoJo wanna save himself, that's the main reason !

6 ( +12 / -6 )

Some hopeful news.

We all could use some at this point.

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ZorotoToday  10:29 am JST

The UK is averaging 270 deaths per day from COVID-19 which is not decreasing.

And how many deaths per day from liver diseases? Alcohol? Cancer? Normal flu? Obesity? Just to put it into perspective. You would not expect those deaths to go down either so why would you expect covid deathd to go to zero? The virus will never go away so the number of dead will never go to 0.

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To be honest, the restrictions were not being enforced anyway, but nevertheless it's good to be rid of them and to return to normality. And about blooming time, too! Now we just need to wait for the rest of the world to follow suit and then we can start travelling again. Hooray!

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The mask mandates that only about half the population could be bothered to follow have been lifted.

After nearly 2 years of restrictions maybe its getting to the point where we say to the old, fat and sick....

"We have done our bit now it's time for you to look after yourselves." Its really only the old, fat and sick that are in any danger.

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Now we just need to wait for the rest of the world to follow suit and then we can start travelling again. Hooray!

if youre vaccinated UK still requires proof of vaccination before entering the country

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"We have done our bit now it's time for you to look after yourselves." Its really only the old, fat and sick that are in any danger.

Disregarding the wellbeing and lives of your fellow humans because they weight more than you think they should, are unwell - something no-one chooses - and are unfortunately in a linear time-space continuum and therefore cannot decide to not age is quite the flex. What's the opposite of "virtue-signalling"? "Callous-signalling"?

And how many deaths per day from liver diseases? Alcohol? Cancer? Normal flu? Obesity? Just to put it into perspective. You would not expect those deaths to go down either so why would you expect covid deathd to go to zero? The virus will never go away so the number of dead will never go to 0.

We have laws against crime, and yet criminals still exist. Might as well get rid of all laws, then.

Well Brits have real things to worry about now, not made-up ones. Time to move on and treat 'covid' as the flu is treated.

If Covid isn't real, can you explain why Boris Johnson would pretend to contract it, spend days in the hospital, only to have a shaky and contradictory Covid policy?

Can you explain why Trump would pretend to contract Covid?

Why have millions of people worldwide, if Covid isn't real, voluntarily committed suicide in order to promote the lie of a fake virus?

I'm really looking forward to your answers.

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Political leader does something the public overwhelmingly support in order to boost popularity and continue to have the consent of the people to govern. That's literally how democracy is supposed to work!

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if youre vaccinated UK still requires proof of vaccination before entering the country

Not as of February they won't.

Unvaccinated can enter the UK with a PCR test.

If a country of 60 million survives the pandemic without masks and vaccine passports it's going to pretty hard to argue that restrictions need to stay in place because "we're in a pandemic"

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And how many deaths per day from liver diseases? Alcohol? Cancer? Normal flu? Obesity?

Apart from flu, the others aren't contagious. But nice try.

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well done UK. Nice to see rational thought into practice.

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Political leader does something the public overwhelmingly support in order to boost popularity and continue to have the consent of the people to govern. That's literally how democracy is supposed to work!

Not exactly. In the recent case of the Canadian Government mandating vaccines for truckers, the truckers overwhelmingly disagreed, but according to polls from the general public, they overwhelmingly supported vaccines for truckers. I also highly doubt many truckers were polled as they were most likely driving instead of answering their landline telephone.

So, sometimes the public votes overwhelmingly to support a position or policy that is against their best interests.

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So, sometimes the public votes overwhelmingly to support a position or policy that is against their best interests.

It is actually in the best interests of the public that people who make long journeys throughout one of the world's largest countries and who make stops to eat, sleep, etc., are vaccinated, so that they don't spread Covid throughout the Great White North.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/i-dont-know-how-to-explain-to-you-that-you-should_b_59519811e4b0f078efd98440

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Let's see how they fare but good on them, I say. Severe lockdowns have proven ineffective against the spread of covid so why not try something new? Get your shots and then go live your life. Wish Japan would would attempt something similar and quit it with these quasi-SoE nonsense. It's been 2 years. I'd like to go back to some semblance of normalcy.

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 It's been 2 years. I'd like to go back to some semblance of normalcy.

Do you actually live in Japan? If yes, which measures are impeding on your sense of normalcy?

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Do you actually live in Japan? If yes, which measures are impeding on your sense of normalcy?

Wearing masks EVERYWHERE even when out in the open.

Dealing with ineffective office measures like having to measure and report your temperature before going to work but not social distancing while at work.

These constant useless, inefficient, pointless SoEs.

The uncertainty of being able to return after going abroad.

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Wearing masks EVERYWHERE even when out in the open.

Who is forcing you?

Dealing with ineffective office measures like having to measure and report your temperature before going to work but not social distancing while at work.

Why can't you social distance?

These constant useless, inefficient, pointless SoEs.

Yes, without any measures that impede on normalcy. It's just a bunch of hot air that does not affect anybody.

The uncertainty of being able to return after going abroad.

Uncertain? I didn't realize that residences could not return. Please do tell.

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Let’s hope it works out.

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England lifts COVID restrictions as Omicron threat recedes

Yes! Sanity returns, at least outside the EU empire. Congratulations, England!

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