Around 122 scientists are urging ministers to reconsider their plans – a decision that will be finalised this upcoming Monday. The exponential growth of Covid is thought to leave “hundreds of thousands with long-term illness and disability”. The scientific community emphasises that “the link between infections and death might have been weakened, but it has not been broken”. Emphasis was made on the fact that “infection can still cause substantial morbidity in both acute and long-term illness”.
Acknowledging that vaccines can be tweaked in response to Covid variants, the scientists highlighted that this “requires time and resources”.
The scientists are also concerned that the easing of restrictions “will have a significant impact on health services”.
“Rising [Covid] case numbers will inevitably lead to increased hospital admissions,” the scientists pointed out.
This is something Dr Rachel Clarke – who appeared on Good Morning Britain this morning – has first-hand experience of.
Dr Clarke reiterated that with every Covid patient in hospital, there’s less room for other services to go ahead.
To illustrate, Dr Clarke told viewers that cancer surgeries have been postponed as beds are taken up by Covid patients.
Signing the letter published in The Lancet, Dr Clarke agrees that July 19 is an “arbitrary date not based on science”.
She believes we should “slow down” and “wait till a higher proportion of people are vaccinated”.
In the letter, the “grave risks” associated with lifting restrictions makes the government’s plan seem “unethical and illogical”.
“The UK Government must reconsider its current strategy,” the scientists urged.
“We believe the government is embarking on a dangerous and unethical experiment.”
It’s for all of these reasons that more than 100 scientists are calling on the Government to “pause plans to abandon mitigation on July 19”.