Sajid Javid slaps down SAGE warning of 7k Covid hospital admissions a day but admits new variant would be ‘huge concern’
SAJID Javid has insisted Britain is not going to be headed for but another lockdown and dismissed warnings hospital admissions may hit 7,000 a day this winter.
The successfully being secretary talked about he is assured that harsh restrictions will not be wanted as quickly as further as a outcome of success of the vaccine rollout.
And he brushed apart a report by Sage scientists predicting a sharp rise in hospitalisations if lockdown is not going to be launched as soon as extra now as a “best guess”.
But he refused to rule out a return to lockdown solely insisting to take movement would be “irresponsible”.
Mr Javid admitted a surge in hospitalisations would set off the the Government ‘Plan B’ for tackling a winter wave.
That would see measures together with working from dwelling and obligatory masks sporting in public locations reintroduced.
Some scientists have been urgent for No 10 to usher in these restrictions instantly and have warned case charges are too excessive heading into winter.
But the successfully being secretary batted away requires ministers to begin imposing a new lockdown now as a preventative measure.
Grilled on the hazard of 7,000 hospital admissions a day, he talked about: “I think you might be referring to the SAGE report, there’s other reports.
“It’s right that consultants are taking a take a take a look at what is going on down and making an attempt to supply you their largest guess of the place factors may go based completely on constructive assumptions now.
“My job as a outcome of the successfully being secretary is to take all of that collectively and make the only willpower that we’re succesful of.
“I’d remind you that when extra as quickly as we made the step 4 willpower there have been furthermore consultants saying that case charges are going to surge to 200,000, hospitalisations are going to be 2000-3000 a day, do not do it.
“We have to listen to that but eventually make what we think is the right decision and there’s no risk free decision.
“What we’ve announced in terms of this plan is well fought through. It’s the act of a responsible government to set out this is our plan, this is what how we’re going to protect the gains, but just in case things are not quite as we would want them to we’ve got to have another plan and get that ready too.”
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Mr Javid added: “No one must see one totally different lockdown, I actually do not. I do not assume we’ll will need to have one totally different lockdown.
“The vaccines are working and other measures, but it would be irresponsible to say that we’re this or that is 100% ruled out.
“Not least because I just don’t know whether sometime in the future – in the next year, the year after, the year after that – there might be a vaccine escape variant. We always have to be vigilant.”
Yesterday the successfully being secretary laid out the Government’s twin-track plan to avoid one totally different nationwide shutdown.
Plan A entails a vaccine booster plus flu vaccine blitz alongside pumping tens of tons of of hundreds additional into the NHS and Test and Trace.
If that fails there’s a fallback blueprint for the reintroducing of masks, working from dwelling, and vaccine passports.