Boris Johnson warned ‘enormous Covid gamble’ to cost UK ‘more lives’ if restrictions stay

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During an interview with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley Brewer, 1922 Committee Chairman Graham Brady warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding his coronavirus strategy. He added that repeatedly going in and out of lockdown could cost “more lives” than those lost during coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Hartley-Brewer asked: “Is there any good argument to have another lockdown or any version of that right now when we know we have got the NHS capacity?”

Sir Graham Brady said: “It feels to be like an enormous gamble on a very effective and very rapidly available vaccine for a large part of the population.

“I hope that happens and the first vaccine that comes is going to have high levels of protection afforded and very low levels of side effects and that it will be able for lots of vulnerable people as quickly as possible.

“We also know from experience that these things can take much longer to produce, and they can sometimes not be entity effective, sometimes they have side effects.

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“So, putting all our eggs in one basket of hoping for a massively effective vaccine to be ready very soon seems widely optimistic.”

The talkRADIO host replied: “Do we keep going in and out of this indefinitely?”

The Conservative MP added: “If we do then far more lives will be lost, and far more damage will be done than learning to live with the virus in a common sense way.”

Earlier today Boris Johnson and his Government needs to use “logic” when applying coronavirus measures to a region based on the number of infections.

Former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett called for Boris Johnson to discount student numbers when imposing the three-tier lockdown system on the UK.

The Labour Party peer stated that taking out the number of student infections in an area will give a much better picture of the true rate of contagion in the area.

Lord Blunkett said: “We need to know what it is that drives you into the different tiers, into tier two and tier three.


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“What drivers should we discount? For instance, in Nottinghamshire they have put the whole county into level two but in Mansfield there is only 62 out of 100,000 virus cases.

“In Nottingham city which is about half the size of Sheffield or Liverpool there is over 680 out of 100,000.

“You might logically think that the city is massively affected by the two big universities, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent and they clearly are.

“Why don’t we use a bit of logic and say take the student numbers out and then you have got a much better picture.”

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