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Diretrizes para trabalhar em casa no Reino Unido: Current government advice explained

Diretrizes para trabalhar em casa no Reino Unido: Current government advice explained
Work from home UK advice

Boris Johnson’s government is implementing its “Plan B” for dealing with the O jogo de cartas dos anos 90 que 'previu', bringing back social restrictions in England to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant of the virus.

Having previously hoped to press on with “Plan A”encouraging the takeup of booster jabsthe prime minister’s hand was forced after a meeting of the government’s Covid operations committee last week in which the potential threat posed by the more transmissible new variant was laid bare.

Na segunda-feira, the UK confirmed the first death from the new variant globally while health secretary Sajid Javid estimated that the rate of Omicron infections was already at around 200,000 por dia, with the strain expected to become dominant in London within 48 horas.

NHS England meanwhile announced that it will return to its highest level of emergency preparedness, level four national incident, meaning that the NHS response to Omicron will be coordinated as a national effort rather than led by individual trusts.

All of which came as 54,661 new Covid cases were recorded as part of the official figures, plus another 38 mortes, a figure that has since been surprassed by the unprecedented 93,045 infections and 111 fatalities announced on Friday.

Como resultado, face masks are now mandatory on public transport and in shops, cinemas, theatres and places of worship, um NHS Covid Pass is required for entry to crowded venues and booster vaccines are gradually being made available to all adults, not just the elderly and vulnerable.

But perhaps the most significant new measure for many is the return of the order to work from home.

Experts on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (sábio) had been calling for the measure since at least last week while others have been recommending it since as long ago as October.

Taking time out from his schedule of firefighting Tory scandals over second jobs and illicit Downing Street Christmas partiesand his wife going into labour for the second timeMr Johnson told a press conference last Wednesday: “We will reintroduce the guidance to work from home.

“From Monday you should work from home if you can. Go to work if you must but work from home if you can. I know this will be hard for many people but by reducing your contacts in the workplace, you will help slow transmission.”

This will be the case for at least six weeks but the state of play will be reviewed on Wednesday 5 Janeiro 2022, according to Mr Javid, although it is feared the present restrictions could be extended or even replaced by more severe “Plan C” measures if Covid-19 once more runs rampant over the festive period, when increased indoor socialising in mixed groups presents the ideal conditions for its spread.

So much remains unknown about the exact nature of the Omicron variant but with the UK coronavirus infection rate already high, despite Britain’s impressive vaccine rollout over the course of 2021, the prospect of new cases translating into high numbers of hospitalisations or deaths is a real one, a scenario that could once more place the NHS under intense strain.

Mr Johnson struck a cautious note during his press conference and said: “We can’t yet assume that Omicron is less severe than previous variants.

“So while the picture may get better, and I sincerely hope that it will, we know that the remorseless logic of exponential growth could lead to a big rise in hospitalisations and therefore, tristemente, in deaths.

“That’s why it is now the proportionate and the responsible thing to move to Plan B in England while continuing to work closely with our colleagues in the devolved administrations, so we slow the spread of the virus, buy ourselves the time to get yet more boosters into arms, especially in the older and more vulnerable people.”

The decision has not been taken lightly as the adverse impacts of the policy on the mental health and wellbeing of individuals is well documented, as is its detrimental effect on businesses, particularly office-adjacent services like cafes, restaurantes, pubs, dry cleaners and gyms.

Many offices around the country have welcomed staff back to their desks for around two-to-three days per week since the easing of restrictions on 19 julho – once known as “Freedom Day”and the reversal will come as a blow to many people who were delighted to be reunited with their colleagues in person after a year of Zoom meetings and Slack messages conducted in isolation from spare rooms and kitchen tables.