If Boris Johnson does not implement stricter measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, students across the UK are planning a massive walkout (#COVID19Walkout) at 11 am on March 20.
With the rest of the world going on total shutdown in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, frustration is spreading around the country about the government’s lack of urgency at reducing the spread of the virus.
Students are now threatening to walk out of all classes across the UK on Friday 20 March if Boris Johnson does not step up and announce the closure of schools as well as businesses in the public’s interest.
The twitter hashtag #COVID19Walkout has been trending this morning and is picking momentum as it continues to trend and is now also being picked up by people i the workforce who also believe it is time to either shut down the businesses or allow employees to work from home
According to reports by UNESCO, 56 countries worldwide have already shut down schools to stop further infections amongst their populations.
Last week the Prime Minister announced that schools across the UK would remain open, going on to tell the public:
“We are not, repeat not, closing schools now.”
“The scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good at this time but of course we are keeping this under review and this again may change as the disease spreads.”
“Schools should only be closed if they are specifically told to do so.”
The UK currently has a total of 1,391 reported cases of COVID-19. The lack of preventive measures taken by the government in stopping the spread of these infections has not been received well by the general public, giving rise to the Twitter online campaign #COVID19Walkout, with students threatening to take action to protect themselves if the government won’t.
The reduced number of commuters at the stations today already showed that many people had already opted to work from/stay at home to avoid any risk of infection, with those who were still going to work, now beginning to support the #COVID19Walkout campaign.
The British public seems on end as to why the Prime Minister and his cabinet are taking so long to implement measures that are being enforced around the rest world. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has even gone a step further by announcing the closure of not only schools but bars and restaurants as well.
One thing is for sure though, the lack of decisiveness from leadership is definitely going to hurt the Tory government in the next election as the number of infected increase while no proactive measures are put into place.
Who knows, if students are forced to take matters of national health into their own hands with #COVID19Walkout this week, when the epidemic finally subsides and fingers are pointed to figure out how it got ‘so bad’, those same students will probably be the same ones leading the mob right to the front steps of No.10.