‘Firebreak’ lockdown ‘not considered at this point’ insists Sajid Javid – but fears cases will rise as schools return
SAJID Javid has moved to dampen fears a “firebreak” lockdown will be wanted this October half-term to crush any new Covid wave.
The well being secretary insisted he “hasn’t even thought about” bringing again restrictions but did not rule out doing so completely.
He was responding to claims from a Sage scientist that the Government is already bracing to reintroduce curbs subsequent month.
Boffins concern the return of schools this week might rapidly drive a brand new surge in Covid cases amongst unvaccinated children.
There are considerations the NHS could battle to spike with one other spike at the identical time as clearing the backlog from earlier lockdowns.
Experts additionally fear a sustained winter wave mixed with the annual flu season will create a Christmas nightmare for the well being service.
There have been stories ministers are contemplating extending the October half-term by per week to sluggish the unfold amongst children.
During such a “firebreak” fortnight some restrictions like masks sporting and social distancing may be introduced again.
But requested in regards to the concept as we speak, Mr Javid mentioned the success of the vaccine rollout ought to imply it is not vital.
He insisted: “I don’t think that’s something we need to consider. I haven’t even thought about that as an option at this point.
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“I think the decisions we’ve made in the last few weeks have turned out to be the right decisions.”
He mentioned no choices are “risk-free” but insisted the “best defence” in opposition to one other wave of the virus is getting individuals jabbed .
He added: “Vaccines are working. Yes, there are still infections, of course there still are. That’s true around the world.
“But the number of people going into hospital, and certainly those dying, is mercifully low, and that’s because of the vaccines.”
Yesterday his deputy, the vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi, additionally refused to rule out the prospect of a brand new mini-lockdown.
A Government spokesman mentioned “it is not true” to recommend the PM is actively “planning a lockdown or firebreak around the October half term”.
No 10 will should intently monitor the impact on Covid cases of this week’s return to the classroom for tens of millions of children.
They will have three weeks to control new infections earlier than having to make any choice on whether or not to deliver again restrictions.
There have additionally been considerations the safety afforded by the jabs might be beginning to put on off among the many aged who first obtained them.
No 10 has been privately annoyed by the delay to approving each booster photographs and vaccinations for 12-15 yr olds.