Ironically, Britain has dropped all covid-19 restrictions today, meaning anyone in England can go to bars, restaurants, and clubs without any social distancing or mask requirements.
The prime minister has called it “Freedom Day.”
Johnson, the conservative clown prince of the UK, had originally planned on working from Downing Street after he was contacted by National Health Service contact tracers, who warned him that he’d been in contact with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
But Johnson’s work plan was thrown into doubt after public outcry over the weekend that the prime minister wouldn’t have to self-isolate at home like everyone else.
“It’s as though the prime minister and chancellor have sat down and thought: ‘Our biggest weakness is an angry British public thinking it is one rule for them and a different rule for us.
Johnson immediately backflipped after the outcry, insisting that he had only considered the idea of working from Downing Street, while the broader public is asked to self-isolate after being a close contact of a confirmed case.Johnson announced on Twitter that he would self-isolate until July 26 at Chequers, the country house of the Prime Minister.
Johnson says he’s been “pinged” the slang term that’s developed in the UK to mean that you’ve been warned about being a closed contact of someone with covid-19 by the NHS.
“We looked briefly at taking part in the pilot scheme which allows people to test daily, but I think it’s far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules,” Johnson said in a video message on Twitter.
But the prime minister has defended the decision as something that should be done during the summer because there’s bound to be a huge uptick during the winter months when people are indoors more, a place where covid-19 is more likely to spread when compared to the outdoors.
“This is the right moment, but we’ve got to do it cautiously,” Johnson added in an addendum that most people are unlikely to pay much attention to as the clubs and bars open up.
“You can see the extreme contagiousness of the Delta variant.”
The prime minister went on to say that the UK’s vaccination program had “severely weakened” the link between infection and hospitalization.
Johnson even bragged before he tested positive that he’d shaken hands with covid patients at a hospital, something that’s likely to bring you close enough to easily contract the coronavirus.