London | difficulties facing the very heavy toll of the pandemic in the United Kingdom and criticized for the failings of the déconfinement, the prime minister, Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that new stimulus, praising the efforts “incredible” of his country to fight against the coronavirus.
But these announcements are intended to bring a little more air to the British have been overshadowed by the statements glaçantes of a scientist who advises the government.
Before a parliamentary committee, the latter, the epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, stated that, by establishing a containment about a week earlier, and not on the 23rd of march, the United Kingdom would be reduced “by at least half the final number of the dead”.
Seeking his word, Boris Johnson has kicked into touch and felt that it was currently “premature” to answer all these questions. “Good decisions have been taken at the right time”, he argued.
According to the official count published on Wednesday, 41 of the 128 people tested positive (+245) died of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. it even surpasses the 50 000 dead, including the suspected cases. This is the balance sheet of the heaviest in Europe and the second in the world behind the United States.
According to the scientific advisor to the government, Patrick Vallance, “the epidemic is declining, but not quickly,” with an estimate of 5,000 to 6,000 infections per day.
“We are not yet at the end of this epidemic, and from afar. We are in the middle, ” she said the chief of health services, Chris Whitty.
Nevertheless, the health services are not overwhelmed, with the number of new death abates as the contamination and hospital admissions : “we can continue to adjust the confinement in England,” announced Boris Johnson.
Closed since the end of march with the exception of supermarkets, all the shops will re-open on Monday, as the zoos and places of worship for the individual prayers, but not the bars, restaurants and hair salons to which this will be possible only on 4 July ” at the earliest “.
And as soon as the weekend, the people themselves, with or without children, will be able to form a “bubble” with another household in order to encounter it inside. In all other cases, are the only allowed groups of six people maximum on the outside, with a safety distance of two meters.
“Great catching up”
If the children will be able to again admire the lions and the monkeys, the government has abandoned its plan to allow all school children to find the school before the summer holidays, only a few classes having re-opened in early June. A decision is worth to the government a salvo of criticism.
“We have a grand plan to return all students to school by September,” assured Boris Johnson.
He promised “a great catch-up” this summer, the leaders of the sector and associations fighting against racism, believing that the home course will widen inequality, because they cause more harm than disadvantaged children do not always have access to computers, or whose schools may offer fewer online courses.
In the House of commons, Boris Johnson has also had to defend itself in the face of the leader of the opposition labour party, Keir Starmer. “Last week, the prime minister said that he was proud of the record of the government,” said the latter. “But there is no pride in these figures, is it not ?”
“We mourn each of them, and we are sorry for them and for their loved ones and friends,” retorted Boris Johnson in an exchange of bitter. But “for what this country has done to combat the epidemic, I must say that I am not at all agree with how you present things.”
And to quote “the incredibly successful” the public health service (NHS), which has a built in emergency field hospitals – that were ultimately virtually not been used – or how “incredible” that the country has mobilized to allow them to”have the virus under control.”
But Boris Johnson is away to convince the public opinion. According to a YouGov poll, only 32% of the British approve of the action of the government, a percentage decline for the fifth consecutive week.