OPINION - Evening Standard Comment: We want to live well, not just live with Covid

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 (Christian Adams)
(Christian Adams)

After a scaled-back Christmas and subdued New Year, the mood around Covid is changing. For while the Omicron variant has proved to be as transmissible as scientists suspected, the fear that the NHS would be overwhelmed has thus far not come to pass.

This suggests that the Prime Minister’s gambit — not to impose further restrictions over the holidays — has paid off. Indeed, it is not only Conservative MPs who are hostile to further restrictions — there is now a sense among large swathes of the public that we will shortly be entering a new phase of the pandemic, one in which we begin to live with the virus.

To make that happen, we now need a coherent plan for how we can reboot the capital. From getting people safely back into the city centre to stabilising once and for all Transport for London’s finances, it is ready to be awoken from its mid-winter slumber and lead the economic recovery.

There is still reason for caution. Omicron remains a threat to older and vulnerable people. It is therefore sensible that private capacity should be utilised where necessary in the event that any NHS trust is hit by unsustainable staff absences.

But the key now is a roadmap. To escape the cycle of restrictions and not only learn to live, but crucially to live well with Covid.

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