Experts have reportedly suggested that a tough lockdown like the one seen in Asia is needed to stop the spread of the virus in the UK.
Experts suggest tougher ‘Asia-style’ lockdown is needed to control the virus: Several experts have agreed that tougher new measures, such as closing places of worship and making mask wearing totally mandatory, are needed across the country in a bid to stop the new variant from spreading. Professor of global health at UCL and former WHO director, Anthony Costello, told a leading newspaper that “We are in a national crisis with a pandemic out of control.
We should have no nurseries open, no synagogues, no churches, no mosques. We should have compulsory masks, two-metre distancing. We have to take this really seriously – that’s what Asian states did.” His comments were backed up by professor of operational research at University College London, Christina Pagel, who said “We have to start thinking about mandatory isolation, like in China and Vietnam. We have lots of empty hotels. We could use that space.” A professor of health psychology at University College London, Susan Michie, said that to avoid many more deaths the country would have to rewind to the start and go back to where we were in March, unfortunately.
Speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show the leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, said that he believes that the current lockdown rules “may not be tough enough.” Health Secretary Matt Hancock backed up the police in their strong tactics in handling flouters while also saying that the majority of the public are following the restrictions in place. Asked about incidents where police have handed out fixed penalty notices he said “I’m absolutely going to back the police because the challenge here is that every flex can be fatal.
You might look at the rules and think ‘Well, it doesn’t matter too much if I just do this or do that’. But these rules are not there as boundaries to be pushed, they are the limit to what people should be doing.
The police are right to take very seriously the rules we have brought in. We haven’t brought them in because we wanted to, we’ve brought them in because we had to. Every flexibility can be fatal.” He went on to add “The most important thing is that people stay at home and follow the rules that we have got. People need to not just follow the letter of the rules but follow the spirit as well and play their part.”
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