BORIS JOHNSON has been branded “irresponsible” over the end of England’s coronavirus lockdown.
The Prime Minister announced “Freedom Day” in a news conference on Monday, marking the end of legal mandates on social distancing and face coverings. Professor Anthony Glees, an intelligence and security expert at Buckingham University, has blasted the decision to stop lockdowns as “wrong and risky.”
The professor expressed his doubts about the Prime Minister’s Covid plan, pointing out that Britain has previously seen many “freedom days.”
He said: “The choice to reopen is wrong and risky and indicates, once again, that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to bet on people’s lives without worrying about the deaths that could be avoided
“Restrictions were already lifted, for the first time, in mid-July last year, after the first lockdown that began in March, and then again in December 2020, after the removal of the second lockdown introduced in November.
“And new waves of Covid followed these days of freedom. Boris Johnson had stated that he would make his decision based on data rather than dates this time.
“That is, he would look at the number of infections and vaccinations before making a final decision on openings, but that’s not what’s happening.”
Prof Glees noted experts who have railed against Mr Johnson’s lifting of restrictions in an interview with the Italian news outlet Avvenire.
He told the website: “Experts, who are against the removal of restrictions, predict that we will reach 100,000 infected.
“Even if the number of deaths and resuscitation patients remains low, the impact on the life of the country will be devastating.”
The expert then suggested that England could wait another month to ensure that “% more of the population would be protected, and possibly we might achieve herd immunity.”
He said: “There is no reason to open now. It is reasonable to wait another month.”
He said: “there comes a point when restrictions no longer prevent hospitalisations and deaths, but simply delay the inevitable.
“And so we have to ask ourselves the question: if not now, when?
“Though both hospitalisations and deaths are sadly rising, these numbers are well within the margins of what our scientists predicted at the outset of the roadmap.
“And so it is right to proceed cautiously in the way that we are.”
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