UK health workers have raised the possibility of restoring some of the restrictions put in place on COVID-19 if a “winter crisis” strikes after the country surpassed 4.5 million cases since the pandemic began on Tuesday and recorded the highest daily death toll since March .
The UK Ministry of Health reported 43,738 new coronavirus positives and 23 deaths on Tuesday, at a time when the vaccination campaign tended to stagnate. The government estimates that 79 percent of the target population – over 12 years old – have already received the two necessary doses.
The NHS federation, which unites public health organizations, has urged the political authorities to consider a “Plan B” in case infections pick up again and the health system comes under renewed pressure, for example by closing public places or making mandatory use of one Mask. The number of hospital admissions has increased by 10 percent in the past week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted that “a difficult winter” is ahead, but for now it is not in the government’s plans to back down and trusts that it will be enough to keep vaccination going.
Economics minister Kwasi Kwarteng insisted on this approach on Wednesday and warned that the time for a “plan B” was not for the time being. “I do not want to go back to a situation in which there is detention,” emphasized Kwarteng in statements to the public broadcaster of the BBC.
In another interview with the broadcaster LBC, Kwarteng “categorically” ruled out this hypothetical inclusion and even criticized it as a possibility. He wants Britain to continue moving towards a “normal life” socially and economically.