Written by: Karim Al-Barr
On Tuesday, July 13, the British Medical Association (BMA) criticized the UK government’s decision to lift almost all restrictions against coronavirus in England by July 19.
“It is irresponsible, and completely dangerous, that the government has decided to go ahead with its plans to lift the remaining restrictions against COVID-19 on July 19,” said Chand Nagpol, Chairman of BMA Chand Nagpol.
The Office of Risk Management (BMA) has repeatedly warned of the rapidly increasing infection rate and the devastating impact COVID-19-related hospitalizations continue to have on the NHS. Not only does it push employees to the brink of collapse, the expert said, it also increases the already long waiting times for elective care.”
The Prime Minister has repeatedly emphasized the importance of a slow and cautious approach. But in fact, the government is wasting caution by canceling all regulations at once, with potentially disastrous consequences.”
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Stephen Barclay, the government minister and chief treasurer, told Sky News that while there was not an ideal time to reopen the partnership, the government should do so to get the economy moving.
“Reopening schools in September, and reopening when the weather is cooler also brings other challenges, and it also brings risks. It’s about striking that right balance, so people can make their own decisions, be sane, and take initiative,” Barclay said.
The official stressed the importance of reopening to kick-start the British economy, “because failure to do so has economic consequences and people’s health”.
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said time and time again, again and again, that the roadmap for getting out of the lockdown was cautious but irreversible.
But Barkley told Sky News on Tuesday: “You never know what the winter will be like.”
Meanwhile, in Scotland, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her country’s roadmap for getting out of lockdown. Within this plan, it was thought that most restrictions should be eased on July 19, but medical masks would still be mandatory, unlike England, where only they would be recommended.
“So as Scotland moves to Level 0 from next Monday, we will do so with some tweaks to our guidance plans. This is aimed at ensuring that the pace of our easing is reasonable in light of the challenge we continue to face with Delta Alternative,” the official told the Scottish Parliament.
Government data released on Tuesday showed 36,660 new cases were registered across the UK in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 5.1 million. Another 50 deaths were also recorded, bringing the total to 128,481.
* Juan Felipe Vélez Rojas contributed to this note.
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