the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Grace Yuan ’23
When the omicron variant was discovered, Boris Johnson implemented Plan B measures, which included making face masks mandatory in most indoor public settings such as public transportation, shops and theaters and cinemas, and advising people to work from home whenever possible. A recent negative test or a COVID pass is necessary for bigger venues, as part of a plan to prevent the spread of the highly infectious version. High school students must wear masks in classrooms as part of the strategy to reduce the transmission of the highly infectious form.
Building 40 new hospitals, overhauling social care, hiring and keeping 50,000 more nurses, and generating 50 million more GP surgery appointments are still priorities for Boris Johnson's government. Infection management during the COVID-19 pandemic is the government's top concern for adult social care. For the elderly, care facilities are especially susceptible since their occupants are often at most risk owing to their ages, and the architecture of care homes means that the virus may spread swiftly in enclosed settings. There is a comprehensive strategy to assist the 25,000 care home providers in England who have been affected by the emergence of COVID-19, including increasing testing and re-engineering the delivery of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE. 33 members of NHS and local authorities are working together on supporting the extra requirements of people leaving the hospital during the pandemic, with £3.2 billion in additional cash having been provided, which may be used to address some of the higher costs the providers are experiencing as well as increased strains on social care.
After everything is said and done, the United Kingdom has started on a large booster vaccination campaign since the Prime Minister has implemented measures, which has resulted in a reduction in the number of omicron cases. Booster injections restore most of the COVID vaccination protection that has been lost as a result of fading immunity, as well as protection against the more transmissible variety, which has weakened the potency of Covid shots much more than its predecessor, the delta strain.