Senior medics have warned of “potentially devastating consequences” after Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that he would continue lifting most of the remaining Covid restrictions in England on July 19.
Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street, the PM called for “extreme caution” for the final leg of the roadmap, which will mean nightclubs can reopen, distancing rules social security will be abandoned and the wearing of a mask will no longer be legally enforceable.
Warnings from government science advisers suggest the ‘exit wave’ could lead to more than 200 deaths per day and thousands of hospitalizations, although models from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modeling (SPI-M) suggest median projections about 400 deaths per day.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chairman of the Board of the British Medical Association, said a significant proportion of the population was still not fully vaccinated and moving forward would allow the virus to ‘tighten its grip’, exerting unbearable pressure on the NHS.
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