KEY POINTS
  • Physicians have expressed concern over the government's "living with Covid" plan.
  • Speaking ahead of the announcement, Johnson said the rule change will mark a "moment of pride after one of the most difficult periods in our country's history."
  • The final restrictions will end in England on Thursday and the free mass testing will stop from April 1, Johnson confirmed later on Monday.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday lauded the lifting of all remaining Covid restrictions in England as a "moment of pride" as he set out the government's long-term plan for living with the virus, prompting concern among public health specialists and opposition lawmakers.

The move will see the legal requirement to self-isolate for up to 10 days after testing positive dropped a month earlier than planned. The government also controversially scaled back access to free Covid tests.