UK Gov should consider ‘bringing England into line’ with Covid restrictions in Wales, says Times
The UK Government should consider “bringing England into line” with Covid restrictions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in order to show that they are taking rising case rates seriously, the Times newspaper has said.
In an editorial, the newspaper said that many members of the public in England were acting as if the pandemic was over, due to a lack of UK Government urgency in communicating the seriousness of the situation.
The Times aid that the UK Government’s response was “confused” and was displaying “the same muddle that marked its initial handling of the pandemic”.
They noted that the NHS Confederation and the British Medical Association had added their support for the “rapid deployment” of new restrictions.
“Plan B would make face coverings compulsory again, would require a return to home working, introduce mandatory Covid passports and step up the urgent message to the public that they needed to behave more cautiously,” the Times said.
“It would, in effect, bring England into line with restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“With case numbers now topping 50,000 a day, the government needs to take Covid more seriously and to communicate with greater clarity.”
The UK Labour Party has already called on the UK Government to move to Plan B to tackle the rise in Covid cases.
However, the Times noted that the main problem was that “whatever plan is supposed to be in force at the moment, it seems to have no authority”.
“Under existing regulations, booster jabs are being offered to the most vulnerable, a single dose to 12 to 15-year-olds and efforts are being redoubled to persuade a reluctant and stubborn minority to get themselves vaccinated,” they said.
“Masks should still be worn in shops, on transport and in crowded places and people should limit their attendance at large public gatherings.
“Virtually none of this is happening, at least in England, where the bulk of the population lives.”
The next steps for Wales’ Covid restrictions are due to be announced this Friday, October 29.
Wales currently has the second highest Covid infection rate in Europe and the fourth highest in the world.
Last week, Mark Drakeford said that the rising cases were “worrying” but “dramatic actions” weren’t yet needed.
However, he did suggest that masks and Covid passes might have to be brought in in more settings.
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