DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Bullish Boris Johnson gives Britain a vital boost
Instead, satisfied soaring cases have not led to perilously high hospitalisations, and with weekly deaths at their lowest level since August, he has relaxed some of the most maddening rules.
In a boost for families seeking winter sunshine, and the beleaguered travel industry, fully-jabbed adults and children can avoid almost all Covid tests – saving holidaymakers hundreds of pounds.
On top of that, the PM – who bullishly suggests we may be back to normal in just three weeks – is scrapping confirmatory PCR tests for those who receive a positive lateral flow, in a bid to ease staff absences.
This shows Mr Johnson is going in the right direction. How gratifying, then, that he has also hinted the seven-day isolation rule could be reduced to five.
At present, about one million people are trapped in solitary confinement. Despite many being healthy, over-zealous regulations forbid them from returning to work.
Not only do unnecessary staff shortages throw ball bearings under the hooves of business, they also play havoc with schools, care homes and the emergency services. And it is bleakly ironic that hospitals are struggling, not through a tsunami of Covid patients, but because so many doctors and nurses are stuck at home.
Of course, the BBC (which loathes Boris for delivering Brexit and a Tory government) is allowing the shroud-waving Left to fuel panic by suggesting the NHS is being overwhelmed. Yet it is a striking fact that more patients were in our hospitals two years ago than there are today.
Mr Johnson must ignore the siren voices, stick to his guns – and be congratulated for not considering any more ruinous restrictions. The rewards will be huge. The UK being the most free country in Europe – and reaping a huge economic dividend.