Coronavirus: Top scientists call for herd immunity approach – as government’s ‘soft touch’ criticisedCherish Chifamba
Coronavirus: Top scientists call for herd immunity approach – as government’s ‘soft touch’ criticised
The four centres are among the worst-affected as the pandemic worsens and the UK reports more than 14,000 new coronavirus cases.
There are calls for local authorities to have more power in lockdown decisions
Senior politicians from four major northern councils have warned the government that existing coronavirus restrictions are “not working”, describing some as confusing and others as counter-productive.
Their intervention reflects growing divisions in politics and in the scientific community over how to tackle the growing number of infections.
The letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock was signed by Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake, Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes, and Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson.
The four centres are among the worst-affected areas as the pandemic worsens – the UK reported 14,542 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, almost 2,000 more than the previous day. Hospital admissions in England also hit a four-month high.
It comes as a new declaration, signed by thousands of scientists, calls for a herd immunity approach while protecting the most vulnerable populations.
In the letter, the four leaders said they were “extremely concerned” about the sharp increase and the “national responses”.
“The existing restrictions are not working, confusing for the public and some, like the 10pm (curfew) rule, are counter-productive,” they said.