Leading scientists have warned that the Tory government is risking a third wave of Covid-19 by easing the lockdown at a time when official data still shows virus hotspots across many parts of the country.
With the UK poised to lift many Covid restrictions on Monday, the scientists accuse Tory ministers of abandoning their promises to “follow the data, not dates” in a rush to reopen society and the economy.
Stephen Griffin, of Leeds University medical school, told the _Observer:
“There are areas in West Yorkshire, the Black Country and other regions that still have high infection rates. However, many people there cannot afford to self-isolate. We need to tackle that issue urgently or the virus will come back again.”_
The government has said it would not lift restrictions until infection levels are low enough but Griffin said that Boris Johnson’s Tory government promise to follow “data not dates” now have been abandoned.
“They are saying one thing and doing another – again. There are far too many virus hotspots and not enough attention being paid to controlling infections that might spread from them.