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IT IS RECKLESS: Former Director of Public Health on easing of restrictions

 

With the Government recently outlining their plan for the roadmap out of lockdown, many control measures will no longer be a legal requirement from 19 July.

 

Professor John Ashton, author of Blinded by Corona and former Director of Public Health for the North West says he has his concerns about the easing of restrictions.

The government say the success of the vaccination rollout has paved the way for the safe and gradual lifting of restrictions and while there is no perfect time to relax existing restrictions, this move coincides with the end of the school term and pressures on the NHS are less than in the autumn and winter months.

The problem now though according to a number of health bosses is that not only are positive cases of coronavirus on the rise, but so are hospital admissions, creating additional strain for the NHS, which is trying to deal with a backlog of treatments.

At a local level, due to rapidly rising cases and hospital admissions from Covid-19, coupled with a lower vaccine uptake compared to other areas, the Liverpool Health Protection Board urges caution and advises residents and visitors to continue wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas where social distancing cannot be followed.

The board recommends that all workplaces should ensure COVID safe measures are in place, including the provision of hand washing facilities and proper ventilation with external fresh air.

The board also endorses the maintaining of existing COVID-control measures in high risk settings, such as care homes to protect vulnerable people, including the use of face coverings, which will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, with guidance updated as required.

The board will continue to promote vaccination on the basis of both personal and social responsibility with a strong focus on pockets of low uptake and disadvantaged communities.

 


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