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US News Covid-19. UK government criticized for ignoring scientists' advice

16:20  13 october  2020
16:20  13 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Rejecting the idea of ​​a re-containment, Boris Johnson's government is criticized by the opposition for ignoring the recommendations of several scientific experts. For the moment, gatherings are limited to six people, teleworking advised and bars and restaurants closed after 10 p.m.

The British government is criticized Tuesday, October 13 for having ignored the recommendation of its scientific experts to immediately impose a short containment as early as September to stop the spread of the coronavirus , which has skyrocketed in United Kingdom .

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The Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson is disputed for his management, considered erratic, of the pandemic, which has left nearly 42,900 dead in the United Kingdom, unparalleled in Europe, and infected some 618,000 people.

In September, the scientific committee in charge of advising him had recommended the establishment of a confinement of two or three weeks to stop the exponential increase in cases, according to the report of a meeting published on Monday evening, shortly after Boris Johnson announced the introduction of a three-tier warning system for England.

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“Firm, targeted and proportionate measures”

According to this document dated September 21, the experts also recommended other measures to be introduced immediately, such as the closure of bars and restaurants , teleworking , courses only in line in universities and the ban on receiving another household at home.

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The government publishes its official action plan on Tuesday for dealing with the virus. Under the “reasonable worst-case scenario” plotted by scientists , it would take several weeks before the number of cases rose to epidemic level Government apologises for Covid testing delays at UK care homes.

But the government, which seeks at all costs to avoid a new national lockdown, has adopted only one: telework when possible.

We have taken firm, targeted and proportionate measures, defended the Minister of Communities, Robert Jenrick, on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday, as also the ban on assembling at more than six s everywhere in England and the closure of pubs at 10 p.m.

Prime Minister must strike a balance between protecting people's lives and the healthcare system from the virus, while prioritizing the things that matter to us as a society, like education and keeping the most jobs possible, he added.

Government has "rejected important recommendations"

While the government still prides itself on following science, it has clearly rejected important recommendations from scientists, said Jonathan Ashworth of the Labor opposition.

For their part, some elected conservatives are critical of the new restrictions, they believe too harsh, imposed under the new three-tier alert system announced Monday to simplify the patchwork of local measures.

The first level, medium, corresponds to measurements valid for the whole of England. At high, in areas currently under local restrictions, meetings between different households will be prohibited indoors.

In areas at very high level, such as Liverpool where pubs are to close, additional measures will be applied with the support of local authorities.

England chief medical officer Chris Whitty has warned that this may not be enough, however.

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