Coronavirus UK: British doctors warn new rules ‘don’t go far enough’

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The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned tougher measures must be introduced (Photo: PA / Getty)

The government’s new crackdown does not go far enough to curb the surge in coronavirus rates, a leading medical union has warned.

People living in England were hit with a 10pm bar curfew, return to work from home and tougher fines, among other rules, on Tuesday as Scots are banned from attending get home from Friday – but the British Medical Association (BMA) insisted more needed to be done to avoid a second spike.

The union said it was “encouraging” that the government faced accelerating transmission rates, but criticized Boris Johnson for taking late action and failing to reduce the number of people allowed to congregate in the city. interior, with the UK registering nearly 5,000 new cases in 24 hours. .

The President, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said: “The Prime Minister missed an opportunity today to revise the ‘rule of six’ which, as currently interpreted, allows members of six different households to come together. indoors whereas previously members of only two households could do so.

“The data suggests that inter-household transmission is by far the main driver of infection and so this should be corrected as soon as possible.

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Addressing the new face mask rules, he added: “The BMA has consistently argued that it is illogical that staff are not required to wear face masks in shops, pubs and restaurants as customers are. , we are therefore delighted to see this coming into force late. .

“However, since the infection is also likely to spread in all indoor environments, these rules should also apply to offices and other workplaces. “

People enjoying a night out in Leicester Square in London’s West End on Saturday September 12, 2020 (Photo: PA)

A large group of young people gather in St George Park. Bristol. September 14, 2020. Today is the first day of the new coronavirus laws which prohibit the mixing of groups of more than 6 people.

A large group of young people gather in St George Park. Bristol. September 14, 2020 (Photo: Jake McPherson SWNS)

The BMA also criticized the government for rushing workers into the office and called on ministers to help employers make workplaces Covid-safe when working from home is not possible.

Dr Nagpaul said doctors also want the public to have easier access to coronavirus rates in their areas, as the prime minister warns that “your mild cough could be someone else’s death knell.”

He said: “Members of the public want to do their part to reduce infection rates – ministers must give them the information they need to take proactive action.

“Not only would these additional measures pose no risk to the economy in the short term, but they could be essential to avoid further lockdowns and a significant disruption to trade and economic activities. ”

He added: “Indeed, having the right safeguards in place to minimize the risk of infection is essential to give people the confidence they need to be safe and to stimulate the economy. ”

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