Unions warn of ‘winter of chaos’ if action not taken to curb Covid case rise

- Advertisement -


Union leaders representing lakhs of frontline workers have warned the government of the risk of “another winter of anarchy” if it does not act to stem the rise in Covid cases, including mandatory restrictions on shops and public transport. Including wearing a mask.

- Advertisement -

In a joint statement, unions including TUC, Unison, Unite and GMB said Britain “cannot take a laissez-faire approach” to tackling the pandemic, with union leaders saying Boris Johnson insisted there was “another winter lockdown”. “There was nothing to point to. would be required.

“With hundreds of Covid outbreaks at workplaces to health officials every week, events are reminiscent of last winter,” union leaders said.

advertisement

He added that frontline services were already under “extreme pressure” and that “disruptions and delays will worsen the situation”.

“We all want to defeat Covid at once and avoid further lockdown. But without decisive action now we risk sleeping in another winter of chaos,” he said.

- Advertisement -

Those who signed the statement, including TUC Secretary General Frances O’Grady, said they were “deeply concerned” by infection rates and hospitalizations.

According to an official estimate, around one million people in England had Covid-19 last week. The figure is roughly one in 55 people infected, a level not seen since January.

Daily cases topped 50,000 on Thursday for the first time since July and this week the average daily hospital admission in England for people with Covid-19 reached its highest level for nearly eight months.

Do you have a story you would like to report to us? Contact us by clicking here

The unions’ pleas follow several calls for the government to reintroduce the measures. Ministers have defended not implementing “Plan B” measures to prevent the NHS from becoming further overwhelmed, arguing that the Covid death rate is still low.

The prime minister said his winter plan had always anticipated a surge of cases and that “high levels of infection” were not higher than anticipated.

But the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) told the government to begin preparations for a “rapid deployment” of “Plan B” measures, including working from home and later to avoid the need to impose stricter measures. Including wearing a mask. The sage said that working from home would be the most effective solution.

Local leaders and officials have also called for repatriation measures.

Asked about Rishi’s advice on Friday, the prime minister said: “We review all measures continuously, we will do whatever we need to do to protect the public.”

.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

- Advertisement -
Mail Us For  DMCA / Credit  Notice

Recent Articles

Stay on top - Get the daily news in your inbox

Related Stories