Johnson is under increasing pressure to postpone the release of the lockdown.
Following another dramatic surge in instances of the Delta variety, Boris Johnson is facing strong pressure to postpone relaxing coronavirus lockdown limits in England.
With the variety first identified in India accounting for 96 percent of new cases, the British Medical Association (BMA) has joined demands for any further easing to be put on hold.
The warning comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to announce on Monday if the final step of the lockdown lifting can take place on June 21 as planned.
According to the latest numbers from Public Health England (PHE), 42,323 instances of the Delta strain were confirmed in the UK last week, rising 29,892 from the previous week.
It believes that the strain is 60 percent more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha, or Kent, variation, and that cases in some parts of England were doubling every four and a half days.
The figures, according to BMA council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul, demonstrate that additional time is needed to distribute the vaccine to more people.
“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 limitations prematurely may undermine the vaccine program’s outstanding work and lead to an outbreak of infections,” he said.
“It’s not only about the number of hospitalizations; it’s also about the health of a significant number of young people, who may experience long-term ailments that damage their lives and capacity to work.”
Labour’s shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, blamed the government for jeopardizing lockdown lifting.
“The rapid increase in cases of the Delta variety is very concerning and jeopardizes the relaxation of restrictions,” he stated.
“The Prime Minister bears responsibility for this, as does his callous reluctance to heed Labour’s repeated warnings to secure our borders against Covid and its variants.”
The figures should “send alarm bells ringing” in Government, according to Layla Moran, chairwoman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus.
“The government must promptly explain,” the Lib Dem MP stated. (This is a brief piece.)