Sharp criticism of Boris Johnson’s easing

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Sharp criticism of Boris Johnson's easing


Despite high infection rates, Britain’s prime minister has announced a relaxation of corona restrictions – but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not taking part. The opposition and the economy complain about unclear requirements.



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The UK corona crisis is far from over. Even so, Prime Minister announced Boris Johnson Various easing of contact restrictions on Sunday. Unions, business representatives and opposition voices sharply criticized the British government’s actions. They asked Johnson for more clarity in the fight against the pandemic.

Johnson said on Sunday that those who could not work from home should go back to work in compliance with the distance rules Said speech. Public transport should be avoided if possible. From Wednesday onwards, sunbathing is again permitted outside. Travel within England, for example to the coast, is again permitted. Johnson also introduced a system of five warning levels to assess the situation in the UK.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab told Sky News on Monday that hairdressers and restaurants should open in July at the earliest. The British have to do without their pint in the pub at least until then.

Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer said Johnson’s speech on Sunday evening left “more questions than answers.” The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in parliament, Ian Blackford, spoke of “confusion”. The UK Chamber of Commerce stressed that companies need clear instructions on how to protect their employees. The National Education Union condemned the plan that individual grades in schools could start in June as “ruthless”. Most teachers reject the polls.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have announced their own – stricter – path. Johnson also wanted to present his plans to Parliament on Monday afternoon.

Britain has the most corona victims in Europe; So far, around 32,000 people have died. Protective equipment is still lacking. The goal of 100,000 tests a day is still not always achieved.

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