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Government Covid adviser fears we're heading for another 'lockdown Christmas'

Source - Wales Online UK News

By - Daniel Smith

Date 23-10-2021

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) which advises the Government, said he fears another “lockdown Christmas”.

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He was asked what people can expect from Christmas if Government policy does not change.

Speaking in a personal capacity, Prof Openshaw of Imperial College London told BBC Breakfast: “I’m very fearful that we’re going to have another lockdown Christmas if we don’t act soon.

“We know that with public health measures the time to act is immediately. There’s no point in delaying.

“If you do delay then you need to take even more stringent actions later. The immediacy of response is absolutely vital if you’re going to get things under control.

“We all really, really want a wonderful family Christmas where we can all get back together.

“If that’s what we want, we need to get these measures in place now in order to get transmission rates right down so that we can actually get together and see one another over Christmas.”

He said: “I think we all are desperate to get back to normal life and I can absolutely understand why the Government is listening to pressure from industry and its own inclinations to really open up, but the figures at the moment really do show we’ve got too many cases out there.

“It’s just, I think, unacceptable to be letting this run at the moment.”

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This is exactly what happened here last year, they waited until the last minute then introduced new lockdown rules just before Christmas.

I so hope this isnt the case this year, particularly as everyone seems to be going all out to have the best Christmas ever on the back of last years restrictions :( 

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1 hour ago, Rob Thompson said:

particularly as everyone seems to be going all out to have the best Christmas ever on the back of last years restrictions :( 

There is much momentum, all over the world, to celebrate the various festive holidays this year.  It's hard to  imagine anything stopping this movement.  The human spirit of love and tenacity is a powerful force.  Prayers/positive intents, will help

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Borrow the Yankee phrase "Don't Tread on Me" and do your own thing. ☺️

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18 minutes ago, Black Hills Santa said:

Borrow the Yankee phrase "Don't Tread on Me" and do your own thing. ☺️

Im not sure what the position over there was, but when the lockdown was ongoing here, if you were found in breach the Police were pro- active in terms of enforcement, imposing hefty fines and also court appearances etc so if  the restrictions are to return I will be co-operating :(

Hopefully this wont be the case and everyone can share a normal Christmas, possible minus the Turkey lol

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2 hours ago, Rob Thompson said:

Im not sure what the position over there was, but when the lockdown was ongoing here, if you were found in breach the Police were pro- active in terms of enforcement, imposing hefty fines and also court appearances etc so if  the restrictions are to return I will be co-operating :(

Hopefully this wont be the case and everyone can share a normal Christmas, possible minus the Turkey lol

I AM NOT BEING POLITICAL. JUST EXPLAINING. 

Varied over here. Where I live if any authoritative figure tried telling us what to do they quickly regretted it. Ex: after 6 hours of public uprising Rapid City's mayor voted against his own mask proposal.

Businesses didn't say anything when we walked in... without masks. They needed our money more than we need them. And the police had no authority over any of it in South Dakota and Rapid City. Our governor's hands are tied as well by the constitution. 

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