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Covid-19: London refused a reconfinement against the advice of scientists

If British scientific experts had found themselves in the maneuver in recent weeks, the United Kingdom would have been reconfigured, at least partially, as early as September. However, the British government has chosen to override their recommendations which aimed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has skyrocketed in the United Kingdom.

As early as September, the scientific committee in charge of advising him had recommended the establishment of a confinement of “two or three weeks” in order to stop “the exponential increase in cases”, according to the minutes of a meeting published on Monday evening, shortly after Boris Johnson announced the introduction of a three-tier warning system for England.

According to this document dated September 21, experts recommended other measures to be introduced “immediately”, such as the closure of bars and restaurants, teleworking, online-only courses at universities and the ban on receiving at home. members of another household. But the executive, which seeks at all costs to avoid a new national confinement, has adopted only one: telework when possible.

“We make decisions which are guided by science, taking into account all the considerations that we must look at,” Minister of Health Matt Hancock defended this Tuesday before MPs.

Boris Johnson’s spokesperson stressed that the government must take into account the economic impact of the measures and the damage they can do, “that’s exactly what the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance” Rishi Sunak and the other ministers did.

“Firm, targeted and proportionate measures”

“We have taken firm, targeted and proportionate measures,” the Minister of Local Government, Robert Jenrick, defended this Tuesday on the BBC, as also the ban on assembling with more than six anywhere in England and the closure of pubs in 22 hours. “The Prime Minister must strike a balance between protecting people’s lives and the healthcare system against the virus, while prioritizing things that matter to our society, like education and keeping as many jobs as possible,” he added.

If the government still prides itself on “following science”, “it has obviously rejected important recommendations from scientists,” denounced Jonathan Ashworth, in the Labor opposition. Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer also called on the Prime Minister on Tuesday to establish a two to three week lockdown in England, to break the progression of the virus, which he accuses the government of having “lost control” .

The new restrictions also criticized

Such a measure would also make it possible to repair some of the “mistakes made by the government”, he added at a press conference, citing in particular the system of tracing cases. “Act now, break the cycle” of the virus, he told Boris Johnson.

Some elected conservatives are also critical of the new restrictions, according to them too harsh, imposed under the new alert system at three levels: medium, high and very high. The Conservative Prime Minister is being challenged for his management considered erratic of the pandemic, which has killed nearly 42,900 people in the United Kingdom, unparalleled in Europe, and infected some 618,000 people.

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