Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns Brits to prepare for more deaths from coronavirus but stated that a second national lockdown in the UK would be ‘disastrous’ and ‘wrong’.
Coronavirus infection numbers are causing shock among the young. Boris Johnson told MPs on Wednesday that the reality is that as much as the infections have hit the young it would ‘proportionately’ hit elderly people and those that are vulnerable in the coming weeks.
Mr Johnson warns that a blanket national lockdown “would be completely wrong for this country”, but ruled out any relaxation of social distancing rules.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “And can we afford it? I very much doubt that the financial consequences would be anything but disastrous, but we have to make sure that we defeat the disease by the means that we have set out.”
“So when I see people arguing against the rule of six or saying that the government is coming in too hard on individual liberties and so on – I totally understand that and I sympathise with that, but we must, must defeat this disease.” – He added.
On Friday government scientists established that the coronavirus pandemic is growing rapidly again after months of being calm. The UK has regularly been recording daily case numbers of around 3,000, which warns that there is an increase compared to the past months.
Boris Johnson told the Commons liaison committee: “We don’t have enough testing capacity.”
“It [the pandemic] is growing, alas, although the number of cases symptomatic or asymptomatic is obviously far smaller than it was in the spring, we must expect those infections proportionately to lead to mortality. That is the reality.” – He added.
He has pleaded with people to follow new laws backing up the “rule of six” on social gatherings.
Mr Johnson said: “I don’t want a second national lockdown. I think it would be completely wrong for this country and we are going to do everything in our power to prevent it.”
Matt Hancock the Health Secretary has acknowledged it will take a long time to sort out testing delays and that another proportioning system would need to be introduced with the guarantee that sick individuals and care home residents were first in the line.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that some people with no symptoms were ordering tests leading to their testing capacity to be insufficient.
On NHS Test and Trace, Mr Johnson said: “Everything is being done that we possibly can to increase testing capacity.”
He promised that they are making means that by the end of October a capacity for 500, 000 must have been put in place.
Boris Johnson acknowledged that he knows why people may want to find out if they have Covid-19, but they should stay away from testing centres especially when they are not showing any symptoms of the virus.
He went on to say: “That is perfectly reasonable, and I understand why people are doing that, but the advice and the guidance is that people should seek a test not in those circumstances but when they have symptoms”.
Boris Johnson said that a total of four new labs were being built across the UK and 300 people were being hired.
“Testing capacity just in the last two weeks has gone up 10%.” – He added.
Article Accredited To: Amanda Gumede