Let us spare no weapon in fight to beat Covid
BRITAIN suppressed the pandemic this year when the NHS was in danger of being overwhelmed and we can do it again. This is a country that cherishes freedom and the Prime Minister is visibly grieved when curtailing our freedom to socialise. Every minister is also keenly aware that poverty is a killer and that we will pay a terrible price if businesses crumble and jobs are lost.
It is also true that Covid- 19 infections are surging. This winter the virus will seek to do its worst – right at the moment when hospitals are traditionally under intense pressure and seasonal flu threatens lives.
The country’s most senior scientists have pushed for a short “circuit breaker” shutdown in England to try to halt the advance of the virus. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has hiked up the pressure on the Government to take this radical action.
No weapon should be off the table in the battle against this hideous virus. Any hope of a traditional Christmas will flicker out if coronavirus is not contained.
Ministers need clarity of thought and courage of heart so they can protect our treasured NHS, stave off economic catastrophe and save lives that are today in danger.