Boris Johnson pressured to consider second lockdown

Boris Johnson pressured to consider second lockdown

Boris Johnson pressured to consider second lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing increasing pressure to consider a second national lockdown as the national infection rate continues to rise.

Figures relating to infection rates in regions that are currently subject to local lockdowns suggests that the current measures are not working.

According to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, despite being subject to local measures for two months, 19 of the 20 areas affected have seen infection rates increase.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, he also asked why some areas were being spared harsh measures while others with similar levels of coronavirus were in lockdown, suggesting political interference or favour in Conservative constituencies.
He said:

“In the Prime Minister’s own local authority Hillingdon, today there are 62 cases per 100,000 yet no local restrictions.

“But in 20 local areas across England, restrictions were imposed when infection rates were much lower.

“In Kirklees it was just 29 per 100,000.

“I wish I could pretend that everything was going to be rosy in the Midlands or indeed in London where, alas, we are also seeing infections rise.”

Sir Keir Starmer added that “people are angry and frustrated. They need answers from the Prime Minister.”

Boris Johnson responded, insisting that he and the government would “continue with our package to suppress the virus not just nationally but locally and regionally as well.”

Boris Johnson is now being urged to consider a second national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, and to publish scientific evidence supporting the reasons behind both the 10pm pub and restaurant curfew, and the areas selected for local lockdown measures.

In support of another lockdown, Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Government’s scientific advisory panel told BBC Radio 4 that a ‘circuit breaker’ should have been considered weeks ago.

He continued:

“It’s always easier to reduce an outbreak at the earlier stage than to let it run and then try to reduce it at a later stage.

“So, yes, circuit breakers are certainly something we should be thinking about on a national basis.”

As of Tuesday, there were 2,783 patients with Covid-19 in England’s hospitals, according to government data.Current figures for hospital admissions in England are also the highest since June.

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