As the government has shared plans to ease the lockdown in the third week of February, the questions on safety have started to re-emerge. A prominent researcher from the Imperial College London, Professor Azra Ghani says that easing the lockdown while the new Covid-19 wave is in the UK will lead to thousands of deaths by the end of summer. Although the governed is taking calculated steps for returning back to normal, the underlying risks are still a threat.
Prof Ghani says that maintaining lockdown or partial lockdown would help to prevent new cases until the whole population received Covid-19 vaccination. She says that she will advise the health authorities to be cautious and carefully ease the lockdown, taking one step at a time. Ending the lockdown altogether and calling the situation ‘normal’ would have disastrous consequences in the long term.
She further explained that the biggest problem right now is that the virus is highly transmissible and these new variants have made it much more deadly than the original virus. Although the vaccine is here, vaccinating everyone in such a short time is impossible, which is why the lockdown lifting decision should be gradual and smooth.
She explained the current situation to be promising, as the vaccination program and safety measures may reduce the number of deaths. But it doesn’t mean that the pandemic is over and everyone can go back to his life before the pandemic.
There are thousands of new cases every day as the new Covid-19 wave here in the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned the public to be optimistic but still follow the precautions and guidelines, even if the lockdown is lifted. He also shared that he wanted this on-going lockdown to be the last one in the country, but there is absolutely no way to be sure if it is the last.
The Prime Minister is all set to reveal the new plan for the public after lifting the lockdown in the next few days. At the same time, he is receiving pressure from peer groups to continue restrictions and control the cases in the country.
Once the target of 15 million vaccine doses is completed by the month of May, there are good chances that the economy will be back on its feet and the country will return to normal. On Monday, UK confirmed nearly 9,765 cases and 230 deaths, confirmed by the lab results. Last Monday, these cases were nearly 14,000 with 333 confirmed deaths.
The Prime Minister has requested people to get tested, if they suspect having the virus and take their reports on time, making it easy to take the decision on extending or easing lockdown restrictions for all. Although this decision of lifting the lockdown looks like a huge step into pandemic management but it is actually the first step and there might be many more coming next. The country has to follow an optimistic but at the same time patient approach to end this pandemic, he said.