Boris Johnson’s government is under increasing pressure to curb the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Britain and to reimpose social restrictions to tackle the winter health crisis.
Department of Health and Social Care Another 43,738 cases were registered On Tuesday, 223 deaths occurred within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus as well as the respiratory disease, the highest casualty rate since March 9, before the vaccine boom took effect.
The number of cases was slightly lower at 49,156 reported on Monday, but the number of infections has consistently topped 40,000 for the past week, putting Britain at the forefront of the global fight against the pandemic.
The government’s “Plan A” – that is, offering vaccine booster jabs to the 30 million people identified as vulnerable – is not working, Sir David King, chief scientist in Tony Blair’s government between 2000 and 2007, told Sky News. Told that the rollout was done. “extremely slow” and that by now a total of 3.1m people had been reached which was insufficient.
bbc radio 4s. while talking to Today On Wednesday’s morning programme, Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London also raised the alarm by warning that immunity in the UK appears to be “declining” due to the country’s early success in rolling out a vaccination scheme that began in December 2020.
“People need to be aware that we currently have higher levels of infection in the community than we had during the pandemic,” Professor Ferguson said.
NHS Confederation chief executive Matthew Taylor also responded to the increasingly alarming situation, calling for an urgent implementation of “Plan B” by ordering the revival of measures such as wearing masks, working from home and vaccine passports. stop the spread.
“We’re on edge – and it’s mid-October,” he said. “It will take an incredible amount of luck for us to not find ourselves in the middle of a deep crisis over the next three months.
“The government should not only announce that we are going to plan B, but it should be plan B plus. We should do what is in plan B in terms of masks… work from home, but at the same time We should try to achieve the kind of national mobilization that we achieved in the first and second waves, where the public went out of their way to support and help with healthcare.”
Downing Street has so far said it is keeping a “very close eye” on the situation and acknowledged that there are signs that the number of hospitalizations and deaths is also increasing, but said restrictions are currently being reimposed. There are “absolutely no plans” to begin with. The last of which was waived on “Independence Day” on 19 July.
The prime minister has reportedly told his cabinet that he believes his current coronavirus plan is keeping the virus under control, while reiterating that he and his ministers need to “put all our energy into our vaccination programmes.” needed”.
On the prospect of a new national lockdown being imposed, Business Secretary Kwasi Quarteng shrugged off the idea in an interview with Sky News on Wednesday morning, saying: “I would rule it out.”
“I think the conversation about restrictions on travel, restrictions on more lockdowns is completely unhelpful,” he said. “We don’t want to go back into lockdown and further restrictions.”
A No 10 spokesperson reiterated that stance at lunch on Wednesday, saying: “There are no proposed plans for any further lockdowns. We are sticking to the autumn and winter plans that we have set.”
Although it was first reported in early September that the government had plans for if a future “firebreak” lockdown would be necessary due to rising cases, an official at the time insisted it was only a contingency plan. that centered around reproduction. Restrictions and any new lockdowns will only be enforced as a “last resort”.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid is due to give a rare press conference on Wednesday evening to address the country’s growing concerns, which itself is a sign, what he really has to say, that the government is at least raising public concern around high infection rates. Recognizes seriousness.
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