New Measures Are Inadequate To Curb The Spread Of The Coronavirus

There has been widespread criticism of the government new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid the rising infections.

UK government defends new virus strategy; experts skeptical
People board a bus outside Waterloo station in London/ Picture credit: ABC

There has been widespread criticism of the government new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid the rising infections.

Despite the government defending its strategy to tackle the surging cases, experts argued that the strategy was inadequate to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus. They also said the new restrictions will not be enough to curb the spread.

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On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation and unveiled the new restrictions, which include a 10 pm nightlife ban, increased face coverings and urging those who are able to work from home to so.

In a statement, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said as long as everyone in the UK adheres to the new restrictions the government`s approach will effectively combat the spread of the virus.

John Edmunds, the dean of epidemiology and population health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine argued that the new measures to halt the second wave of infections were inadequate.

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“We will have let the epidemic double and double and double again” until we take those broader measures. And then we’ll have the worst of both worlds because then to slow the epidemic and bring it back down again … will mean putting the breaks on the epidemic for a very long time, very hard,” he said.

The government of the UK needs to urgently review its strategy and measures curb the spread of the coronavirus otherwise more people may lose their lives.

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