United Kingdom: the medical world is called to prepare for a new wave

Royaume-Uni: le monde médical appelle à se préparer à une nouvelle vague

LONDON | health-professionals have called on Wednesday the political class of britain to prepare the Uk for the “true risk” of a second wave of the pandemic so that looms as a major step in the déconfinement.

In the aftermath of the announcement by the prime minister, Boris Johnson is re-opening in early July of pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, museums and cinemas, closed since the end of march, representatives of the medical world have written an open letter in the trade publication, the British Medical Journal.

“Although the shape of the pandemic in the United Kingdom is difficult to predict, the available evidence shows that the local hearth and home are more probable, and that a second wave is a real risk,” write the signatories, including the president of the British Medical Association, which represents doctors in the Uk.

“It is now not only take care of the significant impacts of the first phase of the pandemic, but also to ensure that the country is properly prepared to hold a second phase”, they add.

The signatories are pleading for the establishment of a commission “constructive” and “non-partisan” that would produce a evaluate from the months of August and end of October at the latest. “It should focus on the areas of weakness where action is urgently required to avoid excess deaths and to restore the economy as quickly and fully as possible”.

The appeal comes in the wake of the announcement by the government, criticized for its handling of the pandemic, the most important step of the déconfinement to this day from the 4th of July.

With 42 927 dead tested positive and even more than 52, 000 in cash suspected cases, the United Kingdom deplores the balance sheet the heaviest in Europe of the COVID-19. But the government believes it has made sufficient progress against the virus to loosen up further in the vise.

The minister of Enterprise, Alok Sharma, was recognized Wednesday on the BBC that there were “always risks”, but that the government had adopted an approach “prudent”.

During a press conference Tuesday, the head of the health services English, Chris Whitty, had estimated that the new easing measures were not “without risk”, and that the virus would remain present without doubt “until next spring”.

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