The chief of a top doctors’ association in the United Kingdom has urged the government to keep in place COVID-19 restrictions even after the lockdown is lifted on July 19.
“We have made excellent progress with both the vaccination campaign and individual actions from the people across the country over the last 18 months, and the government must not throw this away at this critical juncture,” Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the council chair of the British Medical Association (BMA), said.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, Dr Nagpaul further warned that the infections continue to rise “at an alarming rate” due to the Delta variant of Covid-19, which was first found in India last year.
“The sensible, cautious measures that we are proposing will be vital in maintaining not just the impact of rising case numbers on people’s individual health and the health services, but also in maintaining the wider damage to the economy and the society, caused by even further waves, new variants and lockdowns,” Dr Nagpaul further said.
Dr Nagpaul advised that it makes no sense to life the restrictions as the threat of Delta variant hangs upon us.
According to the data released by Public Health England (PHE) on Friday, 50,824 Covid-19 cases due to the Delta variant were reported, a 46% rise from the previous week.
United Kingdom has thus far seen 4,871,811 cases of the coronavirus disease, of which 128,453 cases have resulted in patients’ deaths.