Is lock­down eas­ing pre­ma­turely?

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

The most mov­ing, in­deed hum­bling, images to emerge from the coro­n­avirus epi­demic have been those of NHS hos­pi­tal staff and am­bu­lance crews ap­plaud­ing sur­vivors for whom they had risked and given so much, leav­ing their care to re­turn home.

After all the sac­ri­fices it is dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend the ac­tions of those gath­er­ing for street par­ties, as­sault­ing the po­lice, flock­ing to beaches, leav­ing be­hind them a trail of lit­ter, destruc­tion and the risk of bring about a sec­ond wave of in­fec­tion likely to af­fect oth­ers.

While there is an un­der­stand­able de­gree of pent-up frus­tra­tion, brought about in part by a good deal of po­lit­i­cal dither­ing, fi­nan­cial, so­cial, na­tional eco­nomic and other pres­sures in the light of spikes of in­fec­tion be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in other coun­tries.

A num­ber of ques­tions need to be ad­dressed: after ini­tially tak­ing too lit­tle ac­tion too late, is there now the dan­ger of too much eas­ing tak­ing place pre­ma­turely? Is pub­lic health and safety be­ing sacr­ficed on the al­tar of the econ­omy?

Opin­ions will dif­fer and there may well be no de­fin­i­tive an­swers, nev­er­the­less, they are ques­tions re­quir­ing con­sid­er­a­tion if even greater dev­as­ta­tion and dis­tress is to be avoided.

And to close: the in­mates of Shute End Tow­ers ap­pear to have fi­nally lost it com­pletely.

The lu­natic changes be­ing made to twon cen­tre road lay­outs will im­pose their own par­tic­u­lar brand of lo­cal lock­down and surely drive yet an­other nail into the town's cof­fin.

J WBlaney, Wok­ing­ham

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