United Kingdom: from the "Liberty" without restrictions to the order against the virus


This Thursday they were declared more than 50,000 new cases, an increase of 18% above the average of the previous week. Hospital admissions have risen 15%, reaching a thousand people, and there were 115 deaths, 11% more. And although in September some experts already warned that in autumn it would be necessary to reintroduce restrictions to tackle the sixth waveFor the moment, Boris Johnson’s Cabinet prefers to take a crack at the virus and continue without rethinking the most basic measures.

This Friday, New York Times spoke of “epidemiological experiment” that England has carried out in recent months, since July 19. The justification for a “day of freedom” at a time when the numbers were not good was that thanks to the vaccination program links between infection and serious illness had weakened.

The advisers foresaw the situation

Vaccines keep deaths and severe cases from reaching the levels we’ve known in 2020, but they do not prevent infections or all income. For this reason, already in September the advisers of the Boris Johnson Government put on the table that coinciding with the middle of the school semester it might be necessary to reintroduce restrictions in England, although a complete closure was not considered if it wasn’t totally necessary.

Government advisers then recommended planning the closure to minimize its social and economic impact, an option that seemed better than having to improvise on the fly when the rise in new infections was already alarming. It is not known at what point the figures will seem alarming to members of the Cabinet, although in September the prime minister said he was willing to reintroduce the mandatory mask and social distance in public spaces and in transport, if necessary.

But so far there has been no decision on the matter. Nor is the obligation that children, who have become the main transmission vector, wear a mask in the classroom.

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The problem in the United Kingdom would be, as in the rest of the countries that have had an effective vaccination strategy, the collapse of emergencies and primary care, which can then have an impact on revenue and ICUs, government advisers warn.

The New York Times reflects the situation like this: “Now, with an increase in cases, hospital admissions and deaths; with an effect of the vaccines that is beginning to disappear; and with winter at the doors, the British strategy of learning to live with the virus is undergoing its toughest test yet. “

This newspaper considers that the approach laissez-faire from England to the virus, living normally and assuming there would be a controlled number of infections and hospital admissions, and that it was observed by the United States and the countries of the European Union as a possibility in their own territory if it went well, is now in check by the rebound in the statistics.

And it is that during the summer, “the English have enjoyed a return to normalcy that has not been seen in the rest of Europe, filling discotheques, theaters and stadiums with hardly any masks and no social distance. “At this time the mask is not mandatory either indoors or on public transport.

As we have in the United Kingdom is reluctant to activate new restrictions but there is concern, the Government has admitted this week that there are reasons for concern for his part and on the part of the citizens, and in an appearance – the first in five weeks – Sajid Javid, the Minister of Health, assumed that they could reach 100,000 cases a day. However, he ruled out for the moment any return to the restrictions and confirmed the Government’s commitment to Plan A: the virus attack.