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Boris Johnson Self-Isolates as U.K. Reopens; Mass Protests in France over COVID Measures

HeadlineJul 19, 2021

In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into self-isolation over the weekend after coming into contact with U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson delivered a message to the British people from isolation Sunday, one day before the U.K. lifted its coronavirus restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson: “If we don’t do it now, we’ve got to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it? So this is the right moment, but we’ve got to do it cautiously. We’ve got to remember that this virus is, sadly, still out there. Cases are rising. We can see the extreme contagiousness of the Delta variant.”

In France, over 100,000 people took to the streets Saturday, many spurred by right-wing politicians, to condemn President Macron’s plan for mandatory vaccines for healthcare workers and a “health pass” to gain entry to bars, restaurants and cinemas. Two vaccination centers were also vandalized in France over the weekend.

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