COVID-19 pandemic is “far from over,” warns WHO chief
Conservative MPs who do not wear masks at work show people that they are using their “initiative,” a government minister said.
The Conservatives have come under heavy criticism for refusing to wear masks in the House of Commons, having largely abandoned them in recent months.
Business Minister Paul Scully said today MPs are sending the message that it is good to ‘make decisions for yourself’. He told the people at Sky News that they were told, “Use your own initiative and make your own informed decisions. “
The government has defended its ‘Plan B’ measures to control the spread of Covid-19 after leaked documents showed they could cost the economy up to £ 18 billion over five months.
Downing Street said ‘Plan B’ would only be used when ‘the pressure on the NHS is unsustainable’, which he said ‘is not currently’.
Downing Street says Plan B would ‘balance’ the economy
The government defended its Plan B measures after predicting they could cost the economy up to £ 18bn over five months.
A spokesperson said: “The assumptions made here are false and do not reflect government policy. “
He said there were no plans to adopt Plan B for five months and that the measures would only be accepted when “the pressure on the NHS is unsustainable”.
“We are confident that Plan B measures taken as a whole will help curb cases of Covid while achieving this important balance of allowing parts of the economy to remain open that would otherwise face severe restrictions or even to a closure, ”he added.
Liam JamesOctober 26, 2021 1:45 PM
Plan B could “cost the economy up to £ 18 billion”, government says
Boris Johnson has been told that five months of Plan B measures could cost the economy up to £ 18 billion, according to leaked government documents.
Documents prepared by the Cabinet Office Coronavirus Task Force and the Treasury indicate that the cost of compulsory mask wear, vaccine passports and return to work home counseling could cost between £ 11 billion and £ 18 billion.
The Treasury’s internal impact analysis, obtained by Politics, was based on measures that lasted all winter until the end of March.
Liam JamesOctober 26, 2021 1:28 PM
Conservative MPs show people to “show initiative” by not wearing masks, minister says
Conservative MPs who do not wear masks in the House of Commons are showing “initiative,” says Business Minister Paul Scully.
He said Conservative MPs are sending the message that it is good to “make decisions for yourself”.
He told the people at Sky News that they were told, “Use your own initiative and make your own informed decisions. “