Due to the rapidly rising incidence of COVID-19 infections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has canceled preparations for a Churchillian victory speech tomorrow.
‘The plan had been for Boris to effectively declare victory over the virus by summoning the spirit of Churchill, with appropriately stirring rhetoric. That no longer feels appropriate.’ reported the Daily Mail.
Mr. Johnson has dropped his formerly upbeat attitude toward tomorrow’s repeal of most constraints, including social distance and legal gathering restrictions. He no longer refers to the current situation as “irreversible.”
Despite the loosening of the laws, government recommendations still recommend that face masks be worn in enclosed locations such as stores and public transportation and that pubs and bars should only be table service.
Mr Johnson wrote a biography of Churchill in which he claimed that ‘he alone saved our civilisation.’
When the Prime Minister referred to him as “a thoroughgoing genius,” critics saw an attempt to create parallels with his predecessor. However, “too many Tories thought of him as an unprincipled opportunist.”
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called the situation extremely difficult on Thursday, raising the possibility of another lockdown in the fall.
The danger signal on the NHS dashboard, he continued, “is not flashing amber, it is flashing red,” reports the Mail.
For the first time since mid-January, the UK registered more than 50,000 daily cases of COVID on Friday, and the figure is projected to quickly surpass the previous high of 68,000, according to the Daily Mail.
The daily case count reached 54,674 yesterday, with 740 individuals admitted to hospitals and 41 deaths.
However, vaccination rates are dropping, with 67,956 people receiving their first shot on Friday and 188,976 receiving their second; daily rates were significantly below the campaign’s peak.
More than 35.7 million people in the UK have received both doses, accounting for little under 68 percent of adults.
Before, the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said that because the government was making poor judgments, “freedom day” risked becoming “anxiety day” for many vulnerable people, reported The Guardian.
“The government is simply wrong to frame everything from here as a matter of pure personal choice. It is not,” said Burnham. “Many people who are vulnerable to the virus have to use public transport and do their food shopping in person. That is why the wearing of face coverings in these settings should have remained mandatory. I will be strongly encouraging the people of Greater Manchester to continue to wear masks on public transport out of respect for others.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) is becoming more vocal about the government’s plans’ risks, according to The Guardian.
The WHO’s COVID-19 technical head, Maria Van Kerkhove stressed that letting the disease spread and infect others was unacceptable “by not implementing consistently proven actions that prevent infections, reduce spread, prevent disease and save lives is immoral, unethical and non-scientific.”