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theguardian - 6 days ago

Unlocking England: will Boris Johnson s Covid gamble pay off? | Letters

Readers respond to the prime minister’s timetable for easing the latest pandemic lockdown I have two major issues with Boris Johnson’s plan to unlock England (Step by step: how England’s Covid lockdown will be lifted, 22 February). First, he says it is about data not dates, but the plan has dates that people will set in stone despite caveats, and it has no data-based quantifiable targets that have to be met before each stage progresses. There is no requirement for deaths, hospitalisations or infections to be lower than specific amounts, so at the appropriate points he will be subject to the political pressures from his lunatic wing to continue to open up even if the data does not justify it.Second, he is planning to remove all social restrictions from June, before all adults have been vaccinated. Just imagine the possibility for outbreaks as a result of several hundred unvaccinated young adults dancing in a badly ventilated, crowded nightclub. And these outbreaks will then spread to their families, who will not have 100% protection even if they have been vaccinated. This is unbelievably risky.
David Murray
Aldershot, Hampshire Continue reading...


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