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.

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