Government should have blocked May 17 reopening due to Indian variant, Sage member says

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Government should have blocked May 17 reopening due to Indian variant, Sage member says


Asked if he would support local lockdowns, Professor Gabriel Scally told Sky News: “Well, I certainly think of local restrictions to get him under control, but I hope we will do a lot more than just impose restrictions.

“Sometimes it seems like we’re like a one-ride pony, the only thing we know is shutting things down, and it’s bad for people’s health, it’s bad for the economy and it’s the wrong way to fight an infectious disease.

“We need epidemic control, and that’s a whole range of measures, and that includes simple things like improving ventilation, devoting some resources to paying for better ventilation in our schools, on our workplaces, making sure people look fresh and can stay. sure. “

Professor Scally added: “I am very concerned about this particular variant because of its much more transmissible characteristics.

“It hasn’t really taken off in Europe yet, and if it takes off in Europe I think we’re going through a very difficult time because of course the vaccination levels are not at the same level as in the UK . much of Europe.

“And at the same time, we’re reducing travel restrictions, and a lot more people go missing on vacation and come back without necessarily having a really managed quarantine, and we know that self-isolation doesn’t work, and I’m ‘I’m really worried about a big wave in Europe… A good quarantine system at our borders is absolutely essential. ”

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