‘What is the value of a delay!’ Expert dismantles argument to delay freedom day June 21

Lockdown: ‘Significant chance’ plans could change says expert

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Sociology professor Robert Dingwall spoke on Times Radio and argued against a lockdown extension beyond June 21. After being asked whether Boris Johnson should introduce a week or few weeks extension, he questioned what benefit that would be. He highlighted that the majority of people in the 9 high risks groups have already had their coronavirus vaccinations.

He also noted that the UK’s NHS is unlikely to face the pressure it did previously during the pandemic.

Professor Dingwall said: “It is not clear what the value of a delay would be.

“Critics can’t even agree on what sort of delay they would like, a couple of weeks, three or four weeks, couple of months etc.

“The margins of these things make very little difference, by the time we get to the 21st of June everybody that is in the 9 priority groups, of the highest risk, will have had both jabs.

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“They will have also have had a period of time to consolidate the immunity.

“What we are going into now is younger age groups who are intrinsically at much lower risk.

“Many of the scientists who have been talking over the weekend simply haven’t just adjusted their expectations to understand that.”

Professor Dingwall insisted it was important to look at the details of the data when it came to those entering the hospital with Covid.

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He said: “Covid is a mild illness in the community, as the director of public health for Bolton was saying last week, the people who are going into hospital, it is not like January.

“These are not desperately ill people, they are people who need a little bit of extra support with oxygen and need access to the Dexamethasone treatment which is very effective.

“They go in, they stay for two or three days and go out again.

“There is no realistic prospect of the NHS facing the sort of pressure it faced in January and February.

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“That is why i think we have to push on with this.”

Due to the uptake in coronavirus cases, questions have been raised on whether the UK should relax coronavirus restrictions further on June 21.

Despite the large surge in cases of the Indian coronavirus variant, hospital admissions and deaths have remained considerably low. 

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