Boris Johnson’s road out of lockdown is ‘too risky, too fast and too confusing’, warns top doctor – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS lockdown strategy is "too risky, too fast and too confusing" as the illness is "still circulating", a top doctor has warned.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night told the British public that restrictions put in place in order to stop the spread of Covid-19 had been slightly lifted, with some people being urged to go back to work.

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But the chairman of the British Medical Association has said that he does not know on "what basis" the government has made the decision to alter the lockdown.

So far in the UK over 31,000 people have died from the virus and Dr Chaand Nagpaul has now said it’s "not safe" to lift restrictions.

On Sunday it was announced that a further 269 people had died from the virus, it was later announced that people in industries such as manufacturing and construction should go back to work if they could, while the government changed its slogan on the coronavirus.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast today, Dr Chaand said he didn’t know why the advice had been changed from "stay at home" to "stay alert".

I'm not sure on what basis the Government has made this decision in England. And remember, we should only ease the lockdown when, first of all, we feel it's safe to do so.

"At the moment we have more people dying on Saturday than we had at the beginning of the lockdown".

He also highlighted that there had been around 4,000 new cases a day over the weekend, adding that those figures were only a fraction of the "real number of new cases" due to the fact that testing is so limited.

Testing in the UK has come under criticism and Mr Johnson had previously announced that 200,000 tests would be completed by the end of May after health secretary Matt Hancock was slammed for his approach to implementing tests.

Dr Chaand also said that there is still a considerable amount of community circulation going on, meaning the virus is still being contracted by members of various communities up and down the country.

As the virus continues to circulate in community spaces, Mr Johnson announced yesterday that people would be able to go out more often, albeit only if they adhere to social distancing rules.

Dr Chaand added: "And if we now allow the public to go to local parks in an unlimited sense, and to go outdoors… what we've not heard is how the Government will enforce social distancing and how it will avoid a whole neighbourhood playing in a park, with footballs moving from one group to another, and spreading the disease.

"So, I'm really concerned that there is no clarity.

"And as regards people getting back to work – millions of workers in construction and manufacturing -there's no information of how, practically, we will be able to ensure social distancing".


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