The government’s plans to expel over 2 million of England’s most vulnerable people lack any scientific basis and amount to a public relations exercise, a virus expert said.
Families will be able to see their elderly relatives again today, as millions of people who “screen off” due to a high risk of severe coronavirus symptoms are allowed to spend time outdoors.
As part of the easing of locking restrictions, 2.2 million of the country’s most vulnerable will be able to go out with members of their household, while continuing to follow social distance guidelines.
Those who live alone can meet outside with another person from another household.
But Dr. Stephen Griffin, an associate professor at the University of Leeds Medical School, said Guardian the move “doesn’t seem to miss an obvious reason, except to add to an ongoing story of” “good news” “which seems to have little ground in practice.”
And in response to health secretary Matt Hancock’s tweet announcing the move, Oxford-based palliative care expert Dr. Rachel Clarke said, “Why on earth would you announce this without first communicating with front-line teams? You know, the doctors who actually care for these vulnerable patients. ‘
The tweet, which has been loved more than 12,000 times, added, “Do headlines mean more than the best in patient care?”
As part of the easing of lock restrictions, 2.2 million of the country’s most vulnerable will be able to go out with members of their household while continuing to follow social distance guidelines (Photo: Clapham Common, London, May 31 )
Dr. Stephen Griffin, an associate professor at the University of Leeds Medical School, said the move “ doesn’t seem to have an obvious reason, except to add to an ongoing ‘good news’ story that seems to have little ground in reality ‘
Rob Burley, director of campaigns at Muscular Dystrophy UK, said the advice to protect people was already confusing, but the dramatic announcement threatened to make the situation worse.
“We are now facing further confusion as to why the advice changed so suddenly when the government’s recovery strategy said just weeks ago that the foreclosure should continue for a while,” he said.
Chief of Police of the MS Society, Phil Anderson, said his organization was very concerned that the news was coming out of nowhere and that the extremely vulnerable “rightly want to hear a lot more about the scientific evidence that it is safe for them.” .
Over the weekend, Boris Johnson praised the “resilience” of those who have been protecting since March, and many have not had personal contact since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
He spoke after England’s deputy chief physician had pleaded with the British not to tear the pants out of the loosened seal when more liberties are granted Monday.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam warned that abuse of new freedoms would stimulate the spread of infection and said lifting curbs should be treated as if the coil spring cover was lifted gently – “painstakingly” slowly.
The top scientific advisor said the country was at a “ very dangerous moment ” in the crisis and gave its colorful instruction to the public as thousands of sun worshipers flocked to the beaches to sunbathe in scorching weather.
The president of the Association of Directors of Health said experts are concerned that ministers are lifting the blockade of the coronavirus too soon, because the government’s five own tests have not been passed.
Dr. Jeanelle de Gruchy told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: ‘In terms of the R (infection rate), it is 0.7 to 0.9 in the latest government rating.
“It is lower than one, but it is a very limited maneuvering space, isn’t it, and we know how fast this virus can spread and then it is difficult to predict as many measures are eased at the same time which will have an impact on the R- value.
“We are also concerned about addressing all other operational challenges that are ready to address a potential increase in infections.”
Over the weekend, Boris Johnson praised the “resilience” of those who have been protecting since March, with many having had no personal contact since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic
The president of the Association of Directors of Public Health has said that experts are concerned that ministers are lifting the blockade of the coronavirus too soon, claiming that the government’s five own tests have not been met (Photo: Victoria Park, London, May 30) .
She said that the national testing program and testing and tracking schedule should be “robust and ready,” and that the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be sufficient.
“We don’t feel confident enough to face any challenge if the government continues to simplify locking measures too soon,” she added.
GPs have said that “extreme caution” should be exercised, especially in the fight against cancer and other serious long-term conditions.
It’s because official mobility data shows that the number of people going to parks has risen way above pre-lock levels, as people are looking for social contacts in outdoor areas.
The warning also came when the crowd flocked to beaches and parks in violation of the lockdown rules that remained in effect over the weekend.
Tempted by temperatures soaring to 80F (27C), the country enjoyed the sunniest spring since records began, and the driest May since 1862.