Ending the availability of two vaccines and Britain leaving the EU embrace on Thursday 23rd – when the Brexit transition period ends – as an “amazing moment”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he remains confident about the country and the future enters 2021.
Johnson released an optimistic New Year’s message as health officials in the UK announced a further increase in the number of new daily deaths and Covid-19 cases: 964 and 55,892, starting Thursday night, with 23,813 patients in hospitals and 1,847 of them with ventilators.
The government has launched a public information campaign, urging people to bring the New Year home and not join any outside gatherings. Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy medical officer, described the situation as “gloomy, depressing and dangerous”.
Big Ben, which has been under repair since 2017, will come to life at midnight to announce the New Year, but there will be none of the iconic fireworks around it that would normally be watched by tens of thousands of people. along the Thames and broadcast live to millions around the globe.
“Covid-19 loves the crowd, cancels parties” was the main message of a public information campaign on Thursday, urging the British to open the New Year at home. Billions of Britons moved into the top Tier 4 Covid-19 alert system on Wednesday night with the most severe restrictions.
Johnson said: “(As) the sun rises tomorrow in 2021 we have the certainty of these vaccines. Pioneer in the UK, who is also free to do things differently and, if necessary, better than our friends in the EU. Free to trade worldwide. ”
“This is an amazing time for this country. We have freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it. Leading both the G7 Summit and COP 26 on climate change in Glasgow, and an open, generous, outward-looking, internationalist and free-trading global British campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl in Glasgow. world ”.
He added: “2021 is the year we can do it and I think 2021 is above all, the year we will finally do those everyday things that now seem lost in the past. Bathed in a pink glow of nostalgia, going to pubs, concerts, theaters, restaurants or simply holding hands with loved ones normally.
Johnson, however, insisted that Britain is still far from this situation and warned that there are “hard weeks and months ahead”.
Meanwhile, the Brexit deal with Brussels last week received royal approval and became law. It is possible that many aspects of daily life will change as new post-Brexit realities develop.
This will include higher prices in supermarkets and changes of British visiting EU Member States. There will be a 90-day limit for their stay in any 180-day period, using queues for non-EU citizens at airports and being asked by immigration officials to show return tickets and funds for their stay.