Tobias Ellwood calls for ‘cautious’ unlocking of UK or risk ‘another mutation’

Tobias Ellwood calls for ‘cautious approach’ due to mutation fears

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Speaking to LBC this morning Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood explained that despite the U.K.’s falling covid cases and successful vaccination programme the UK should unlock “cautiously.” He called for a “five-week delay between each opening” so the government and its advisors can take an assessment. But he warned that if the UK fails to be cautious going forward we could risk “another mutation come by”. He added how no one wants another lockdown as a result of a third wave and the country should do all it can to avoid a situation similar to that of India where covid has spun out of control.

The MP for Bournemouth East said: “It has been a very tough time, no doubt about it. We will remember this as a generation that went through such hardship.

“We want to get out of it. there this also no shortage of opinion that Boris Johnson and the government needs to listen to.” 

Mr Ellwood added the UK is in a good place in tackling the virus, saying: “I believe we’ve got it about right, the R-rating is falling, the cases are going down as are hospitalisations and deaths.”

But he issued a stern warning: “But look over our shoulder at what’s happening in India where they are overwhelmed.”

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He continued: “Do we fully understand this Covid-19 and this pandemic? Are we fully on top of this globally? No we are not.”

And in a concerning statement Mr Ellwood said “we could see another mutation come by” if the country unlocked too quickly.

The MP went on to call for a roadmap as the U.K. moves forward that should “deliberately include a five-week delay between each opening so we can take an assessment, a stock check of where we are.”

He concluded: “We are all deeply frustrated with what is going on absolutely we are on edge, but the idea that we would then liberate ourselves now then recieve a third wave that comes through, my goodness would people want to have further restrictions posed on them? I don’t think so.”

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Mr Ellwood’s comments come as Indian Dr Rajeev Ranjan of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi sold LBC yesterday “the situation here is getting very pathetic [in] the last one-and-a-half weeks.

“No-one thought that Covid-19 would resurge in such a dramatic way and in such a bad way creating havoc all around.

“But as you can see every day the cases are increasing and adding more than 50,000 a day.”

He added how “last time the need for oxygen was around 20% but this time it has increased to around 50%” adding there is a “scarcity” of oxygen in India which has to provide for over 1.3 billion citizens as it tackles three new variants.

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Recent weeks has seen India gripped by a massive surge of Covid-19 infections.

Government officials in India reported a staggering 314,835 new cases on Thursday.

And crematoriums are burning bodies 24/7 in the open air leaving cities across India filled with smoke as the nation struggles to control the rapid spread of infection.

The massive wave of the virus is being driven by a more contagious variant, the India variant, which has a double mutation in the spike protein.

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