As cases of COVID rise, the British Medical Association calls for a ‘reasonable delay’ in lifting the UK’s COVID ban.
According to the Associated Press, the British Medical Association requested a “reasonable delay” in removing the COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom on Friday after new documented cases hit their highest level since February.
The leading doctors’ union in the United Kingdom argued that prolonging the lockdown will allow more people to get vaccinated before the restrictions are relaxed, particularly young people who are having the highest rate of infections.
“With only 54.2 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated and many younger people not yet eligible, there is a significant risk that loosening all restrictions prematurely will undo the vaccine program’s excellent work and lead to an outbreak of infections,” said Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association’s council.
According to government data, the delta variation of COVID-19, first seen in India, is responsible for 90 percent of all new infections in the United Kingdom, with 8,125 new infections reported on Friday, three times more than the seven-day average recorded on February 26.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to declare on Monday if the lockdown lift scheduled for June 21 would be postponed.
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Coronavirus-related deaths have killed almost 128,000 people in the United Kingdom, more than any other country in Europe. Following a stringent months-long lockdown and the fast introduction of immunizations, mortality have dropped drastically following a deadly winter outbreak of illnesses. The initial deployment, which was mostly focused on age, was recently expanded to include 25- to 29-year-olds.
In the United Kingdom, lockdown limitations have been loosened in recent months due to the improving backdrop. The United Kingdom’s four nations—England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—have eased restrictions at varying rates, but have largely identical summer plans.
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