(LONDON) Influential international scientists on Friday called for a reversal of its decision to lift the latest corona virus restrictions in the UK, denouncing the dangers of this strategy not only in the UK but also in other countries.
In a statement, the team of scientists explains that it “wants to warn of the British government’s dangerous response to the rapid increase in epidemics.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that he plans to remove all of the last remaining health restrictions due to the epidemic by July 19, including the need to wear a mask and social distance.
The Conservative leader, interested in “restoring freedoms,” felt that despite the sharp rise in delta diversity, it was “the right time” for one of the most contagious and dominant countries in the United Kingdom. More than 128,000 deaths. This creates the success of the vaccination campaign, with two-thirds of adults fully vaccinated.
“Ministers were told that the program would cause 1 to 2 million cases in the next few weeks and 7 to 10 million cases by the end of the year and that the number would increase to more than 100,000 cases a day in the next few weeks,” said public health experts Walter Ricciardi and Michael Baker. Advises the Italian and New Zealand Ministries of Health, respectively.
They raise the risks of “prolonged COVID-19” in victims and develop a new vaccine-resistant variant.
“The current strategy of mass epidemic is undermining efforts to control the epidemic not only in the UK but in other countries as well,” the scientists urged the government to “urgently reconsider” its plan.
The number of contaminants continues to rise. One in 95 people in the UK – more than 500,000 – have been infected in the first week of July, compared with one in 160 in the previous week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday.
The number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital is currently doubling every three weeks, and the UK’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Witty has warned that it could reach “very alarming figures”, calling on people to be vigilant. “We have not yet come out of the woods,” he warned, just hours after Boris Johnson promised Thursday that the worst case scenario had passed “very likely”.