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Restrictions on travel to the UK lifted

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The extension of the Ómicron BA.2 variant increases the number of positives, but the number of deaths remains stable

The United Kingdom has eliminated all restrictions on the entry of travelers this Friday. Those who are not vaccinated will not have to undergo tests before embarking on the trip or after arriving in the British territory. Nor will it be necessary to fill in the traveler location form during your stay. Domestic restrictions have also been lifted in England, although public transport managers recommend users wear masks.

The polls show a drastic drop in precautions by the British. Only 31% avoid meeting behind closed doors with people from other homes and 12% now work from home. Some analysts are questioning the importance given to the impact of government measures, further emphasizing the effect of the transmission capacity of the different variants.

The number of positives in the UK for Covid has been 534,747 in the last week, an increase of 43.9% compared to the previous one. According to the Office for National Statistics, the BA.2 sub-variant of Ómicron is the most common in the four British nations. It has a higher transmission capacity, 30%, than the original variant, but it does not cause new symptoms.


The number of patients treated in hospitals in the last week is 11,580, an increase of 21.9% compared to the previous one. In most cases they suffer from other health problems, in addition to being positive for Covid. In the last weekly accounting, there were 740 deaths, an increase of 1.9% compared to the previous one. 67% of the population has received the cycle of three vaccines.

The removal of restrictions on the eve of Easter has been received with joy by the tourism sector. Although travel agencies and the Government recommend inquiring about the rules required by other countries, 57% of Britons have booked a trip abroad in the next 12 months. In October 2021 it was 44%.

Scientists quoted by the ‘Financial Times’ consider it unlikely that there will be new Pandemic peaks that will create critical situations in hospital care, but they predict that the evolution in the United Kingdom and in other European countries will be towards plateaus in the infection curve, which will remain constant pressure on health services.

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