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Britain could rule the world by learning to “deal with” the Chinese coronavirus, Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson made plans to return to normalcy.

As Britain faced some of the western world’s most stringent lockdown restrictions at the start of the Wuhan virus pandemic, England recently emerged as one of the freest nations in Europe in terms of locking. Seeming to ignore the early panic of the omicron variant, government and healthcare leaders signaled that there was room for optimism in terms of a return to normalcy.

In an interview with Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday, Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “I hope we will be one of the first major economies to show the world how you go from a pandemic to a pandemic. endemic, then to manage that for as long as it is. he stays with us, whether it’s five, six, seven, 10 years.

Surprisingly, senior National Health Service (NHS) officials have backed down on their generally pro-lockdown stance, with NHS Provider Managing Director Chris Hopson apparently validating Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision not to impose more winter restrictions, asserting that health the “front line will hold” service.

The director of the Winton Center for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, told Times Radio that Mr Johnson “may have won” his “bet” to suspend further lockdowns.

“It’s not going to come down quickly, and it’s going to be incredibly difficult for the NHS, but in terms of really serious results, so I think we know we can be a little more optimistic,” he said.

Meanwhile, the prime minister is reportedly drafting plans for a “living with COVID” strategy that is expected to be implemented by March.

According to a report by The i newspaper, anonymous sources in Downing Street believe the omicron variant is significantly milder than previous strains of the Chinese virus and may therefore signal that the pandemic may decrease in severity.

In response, the report claimed the government was planning to scale back the government’s free testing regime, except for those who would be at higher risk. There are also signals that the government will seek to reduce the isolation periods required for those who test positive to five days, with the aim of reducing the impact on businesses, schools and hospitals.

The end of large-scale “free” testing in the UK remains contested. Zahawi denied on Sunday that there were any plans to end the testing regime, while his cabinet colleague Michael Gove refused to rule him out the next day.

Despite the developments, the pressure on the government for a further lockdown continues to be exerted by the establishment media. “It is time for the unvaccinated in London to pay with their freedoms, not ours,” wrote Emily Sheffield in the Standard Evening the Saturday.

Sheffield, sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister David Cameron, continued: “Maintaining that our ‘freedoms’ are threatened by vaccine passports is a bogus argument from the conservative right that has fueled the insane obstinacy of the unvaccinated. .

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