The Johnson administration argues the link between infections and deaths has been severely weakened thanks to vaccination. This does not reassure critics.
London – is Great Britain just finding the middle between overcautiousness and recklessness? Or is Boris Johnson daring a “unscrupulous experiment” with the complete loosening, as more than 100 experts are currently claiming in an open letter? The country in which the delta mutation prevails and the corona rules are due to fall on July 19 is the focus of attention.
Because the latest numbers are not encouraging:
- 7 day incidence: 256.2 (As of July 6th) *
- New infections within 24 hours: 32,538 (As of July 7th) *
- Deaths from or with Covid-19: 33 (As of July 7th) *
- Percentage of people vaccinated: 64.6 percent (As of July 6th) *
- *Source: coronavirus.data.gov.uk
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In the case of new infections and deaths, this means an increase compared to the previous week of more than 40 percent. Prime Minister Johnson therefore receives sharp criticism for his strategy. Labor party leader Keir Starmer railed in the British Parliament on Wednesday: “Let’s make it clear why the infection rates are so high: Because the Prime Minister has allowed the Delta variant – we can also call it Johnson variant – into the country.”
The easing was originally planned for June 21st. Johnson is only in charge of England when it comes to health issues, while the regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales make their own decisions.
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A current study also suspects a connection with joint shows of the European football championship in the country. In a preprint from Imperial College London, it is also said that a “significant third wave of infections” is currently affecting the country.
Accordingly, the number of infections has quadrupled compared to the previous survey a month ago. Infections have increased significantly in all age groups under 75 years of age, but especially among children and adolescents. The number of corona cases has also quadrupled among people who have received both vaccinations.
“Although the vaccines offer good protection against infection and serious illness, people who have been vaccinated are still at risk of contracting the virus and infecting others,” said Riley. It is therefore important that as many people as possible receive both doses.
Johnson Government Vaccination Strategy: Postpone Second Corona Vaccination
Compared to the number of deaths three months ago, the corona situation has apparently improved: At the beginning of April, 238 infected people died in Great Britain within a week. In January, the authorities recorded up to 8,700 deaths during this period.
At that time, the second phase of the relaxation came into force in England, outdoor areas of pubs and restaurants as well as shops, gyms and hairdressers were allowed to reopen. At that time, a good 60 percent of the British were vaccinated at least once. The second vaccination was postponed at the government’s request in order to be able to vaccinate as many people as possible. Critics see this as the reason for the strong delta expansion in the country.
Corona self-isolation in the UK: Clinic staff are upset
And so the problems are far from over. The British broadcaster BBC has now calculated that between now and August 16, more than 4.5 million Britons would go into self-isolation. From this day, those who have been vaccinated should no longer have to go into quarantine if they have had contact with infected people.
The relaxations are not only met with enthusiasm among health workers. The NHS is the public health system in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its chairman Chris Hopson said the BBCthat the obligation to self-isolate was a “constant source of frustration” for employees. After July 19, however, it could even increase, because in his opinion “even more NHS staff would have to go into isolation because the infection rates will skyrocket. We are really worried about that at the moment ”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also warned the Johnson administration on Wednesday. Their emergency director Michael Ryan said: “I would advise extreme caution if the hygiene and distance rules were to be lifted completely, as this will have consequences.” (frs with material from dpa and AFP)
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