GB News: Joanna Williams issues warning over another lockdown
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Policy Exchange’s Head of Education and Culture Joanna Williams said she has had enough of the endless cycle of lockdowns, insisting that from now on she will no longer let the Government rule her life. Speculation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson could implement stricter curbs after Christmas, including a full lockdown, to stop the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron was met with scepticism by Ms Williams, who fears that the ordeal will drag on for years to come. A vast majority of the British population continues to respond to the steep rise in COVID-19 infections by getting vaccinated, boosted, and wearing face masks in busy indoor places, with many people even cancelling their pre-Christmas festivities in pubs and restaurants despite not having to do so.
Ms Williams wondered what else society should do to be able to live in freedom and unrestrained, without the cloud of potential lockdowns continually hovering over them and affecting their lives.
She feared that the UK will be in a similarly perilous position of disarray next year in December if the government keeps acting rather than reacting.
Disturbing new statistics show that 90,629 new Covid cases were recorded in the past 24 hours along with 172 casualties.
She told GB News:” I suppose I am concerned personally and I am going to do what the hell I like because I’m sick to death of having my life dictated by these rules.
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“I’ve done more than what I am supposed to do in terms of getting vaccinated.
“We’ve been told now that we get vaccinated in order for life to get back to normal.
“If we lockdown now, what is to say we will not be in this exact same position this time next year?
“We are locking down not on the basis of evidence but on the basis of what might happen.
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“And if we’re going to have pre-emptive lockdowns on the basis that the NHS might become overwhelmed then we will be doing this every single year.”
Mr Johnson announced that new measures are not needed before Christmas because the government does not possess enough evidence to justify it.
But Professor Chris Whitty deems the current restrictions as insufficient and warned that the pandemic could last until the summer of 2023.
Professor Whitty predicted that 18 months are needed for scientists to develop every sort of vaccine to cover all the possible mutations of COVID-19.
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He said: “If I project forward, I would anticipate in a number of years – possibly 18 months, possibly slightly less, possibly slightly more – that we will have polyvalent vaccines, which will cover a much wider range, and we will probably have several antivirals.”
The option most people dread is a return to a full lockdown, the fourth in less than two years in the UK.
It is reportedly one of three options Mr Johnson is currently dithering about.
A return of the lockdown would mean that people have to stay at home unless they have a valid reason to leave their house such as shopping for basic necessities, going to work, walking their dog, caring for an ill person, or exercising outside.
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