By rushing to lift lockdown rules before more people are vaccinated, the government is gambling with too many lives
On Monday, Boris Johnson announced a move to stage 4 easing of lockdown in England on 19 July, meaning all mandatory restrictions are to be dropped, and become a matter of personal responsibility.
The prime minister’s messaging was inconsistent, outlining a “careful and a balanced decision” of easing further in a surging pandemic, when “50,000 cases detected per day (are expected) by the 19th”, with “rising hospital admissions”. He spoke of the need to “reconcile ourselves sadly to more deaths from Covid”. The argument for opening on 19 July was equally confused and opaque, suggesting if not now, when? If we delayed this to winter “the virus would have an advantage”, so if we didn’t open up now, we couldn’t open up this year at all.