COVID-19: Prime Welsh medic questions whether or not PM’s 21 June date for lifting all coronavirus guidelines is sensible

A person makes their way past an 'Act like you've got it' government coronavirus sign at a bus stop in Bournemouth, Dorset, during England's third national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. Picture date: Tuesday February 16, 2021.

2021-02-23 17:12:00

Wales’ deputy chief medical officer has stated he could be “very stunned” if all COVID guidelines can be eased in his nation by 21 June – the date Boris Johnson has focused to completely raise the lockdown measures in England.

Dr Chris Jones stated there’s a “actual danger” of a 3rd coronavirus wave if restrictions are relaxed too rapidly.

He additionally believes there may be going to be a “appreciable time earlier than we will combine freely in nightclubs”.

Wales Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Chris Jones. Pic: Gareth Everett/Huw Evans/Shutterstock
Wales’ deputy chief medical officer Dr Chris Jones. Pic: Gareth Everett/Huw Evans/Shutterstock

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On Monday night time, the prime minister set out his roadmap out of lockdown – the place he stated England would goal to raise all authorized limits on folks’s social contact by the June date on the earliest, together with reopening nightclubs.

In Wales, ministers have pledged to observe a phased method with the reopening of colleges, aiming to see all pupils return by the beginning of the summer season time period in mid-April.

First Minister Mark Drakeford stated non-essential retail can start to reopen from 15 March, forward of England’s 12 April date, whereas some self-catering lodging may open once more in time for Easter.

In the meantime, keep at dwelling guidelines could possibly be scrapped in as little as three weeks together with the potential reopening of close-contact providers similar to hairdressers and nail salons.

Nevertheless, the UK authorities has given extra dates and particulars for the easing of restrictions in England in comparison with Wales, similar to bigger teams with the ability to meet up outside on 29 March and gymnasiums, zoos, museums and libraries doubtlessly reopening by 12 April.

Dr Jones expressed his concern on lifting lockdown measures too rapidly, telling BBC Radio Wales that ministers have to be “actually cautious with the messaging”.

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It could be some time earlier than folks can combine in nightclubs once more. Pic: istock

On the prospect of all limits on social contact being lifted in Wales by 21 June, he stated: “I’d be very stunned if that was the case at the moment.

“I believe there’s going to be a substantial time earlier than we will combine freely in nightclubs or with none type of social distancing or safety.

“I’d be very stunned if we obtain that, however will probably be fantastic to assume it is potential”.

He added that restrictions nonetheless have to be in place as a result of “this virus nonetheless thrives on person-to-person contact and that’s going to be the case now for a lot of extra months”.

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Dr Jones additionally emphasised that “we’re not out of the woods but” and that the message of the whole lot going again to regular in only a few months’ time carries some danger “as a result of we do know that this pandemic may simply get uncontrolled once more”.

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He added: “There are a variety of fashions about what may occur within the UK as restrictions are relaxed – and lots of of them present a major enhance in infections hospitalisations and deaths.

“We aren’t out of the woods but it is a important time the place there may be danger.”

He stated one of the best method could be to “take issues as we discover them step-by-step”.

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