Showing two fingers to ‘the science'? BoJo gives green light to lockdown lifting despite NO CHANGE in coronavirus threat level
Added 05-29-20 02:37:02pm EST - “The UK government has been accused of reneging on its promise to always be led "by the science," after its signaled lockdown measures will be relaxed ?" even though coronavirus threat levels will not be lowered.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Showing two fingers to ‘the science’? BoJo gives green light to lockdown lifting despite NO CHANGE in coronavirus threat level ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
During Downing Street’s daily briefing to the media on Friday, it was confirmed that the easing of lockdown and social distancing measures will still go ahead as planned from Monday, even though the threat coronavirus poses to the country has not changed.
PM Boris Johnson had told MPs on Wednesday that he was optimistic the Covid-19 alert system could be lowered from level 4 to level 3, but the government’s Joint Biosecurity Unit – responsible for monitoring the number of coronavirus cases and transmission rate – would not sanction it.
Downing Street Daily Briefing Government was unable to reduce Coronavirus threat level below 4. Boris Johnson signalled on Wednesday it was likely to be reduced to 3, but the Joint Biosecurity Unit did not agree to this yesterday.Lockdown lifting goes ahead nevertheless pic.twitter.com/Pt8cDzMVAq
Johnson and his cabinet ministers have consistently maintained throughout the course of the outbreak that their response to the coronavirus pandemic will be guided “by the science” at all times.
There are five Covid-19 alert levels with the UK on level 4 throughout the lockdown. Level 3 stipulates that there will be a “gradual relaxation of restrictions and social distancing measures.”
Downing Street Daily Briefing Government was unable to reduce Coronavirus threat level below 4. Boris Johnson signalled on Wednesday it was likely to be reduced to 3, but the Joint Biosecurity Unit did not agree to this yesterday.Lockdown lifting goes ahead nevertheless pic.twitter.com/Pt8cDzMVAq— Sam Coates Sky (@SamCoatesSky) May 29, 2020
So “gradual relaxing” of restrictions will come into effect but the Alert Level stays at 4. Makes a complete mockery of the system. And shows that the decision is political, to distract from Cummings, not based on data. pic.twitter.com/V74EsG6Vsw— Sunny Jim (@ZeObserver) May 29, 2020
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