BrotherHealth experts are concerned that people’s subjectivity after Covid-19’s weakening and a successful vaccination campaign could lead to a new outbreak.
In mid-March, parks in London, once the epicenter of the worst outbreak, were packed with soccer players. The shopping streets are increasingly bustling, although the non-essential stores have stopped operating. Data released on March 12 shows that the proportion of people staying at home or just working and then going home has fallen from 65% to 48% compared to two months ago. Even people over 80 years of age, at the highest risk of dying from Covid-19, violate medical rules for about 3 weeks after vaccination.
Compared to most European countries, the UK has a rapid vaccination campaign. To date, about 34% of the country’s citizens have received at least one dose of the vaccine, up from 7% for the entire continent. The nation faces the hope of easing the blockade, opening up the economy. But experts warned that the subjectivity of the people could push the country into a new outbreak.
For Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration, handling the pandemic now is an opportunity to atone after the country recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Europe. “The last thing we want to see now is that death rates and hospitalization are rising again. “It is very easy to have a new outbreak”.
UK Public Health data shows that infection rates have decreased in all regions and age groups during the first week of March. Officials say this demonstrates that vaccines and stringent measures have been released. effect. On March 12, the UK estimated the infection rate was at its lowest level since the country recorded its first case in May.
Across the continent, however, there are signs that a pandemic is still dull. Germany warned of the third wave of Covid-19. Italy put much of the country back in a blockade.
The British government has been repeatedly criticized for its poor service over the past year. A parliamentary survey found that the testing and tracking program was ineffective, despite the initial “unthinkable” cost of £ 22 billion ($ 39.6 billion).
Last summer, the government actively encouraged people to eat out – as part of an effort to boost the economy. After the virus resurfaced, this time, Mr. Johnson was more cautious in easing restrictions. On February 22, he launched a schedule to phase-out the blockade over the next four months. On March 8, schools reopened. But there is increasing evidence that the public has lost patience. Members of Johnson’s own Conservative Party also pushed him to open up the economy earlier.
Despite the social exclusion order, the number of people traveling outside remained at 77%, much higher than in mid-January. before. Despite the nonessential store shutdown, more people shop than at the start of the third round of shopping.
Diane Wehrle, information director at research firm Springboard, said: “This is the result of fatigue from staying at home, the need to shop and the subjective attitude towards the success of the vaccine program. “.
For Mike Tildesley, scholar at the University of Warwick and government advisor on the pandemic model, the biggest risk is that vaccinated elderly “think they’re invincible”. Since the launch of the vaccine, the UK has focused on giving the first dose to as many people as possible. Although the rate of one-dose injection is higher than that of the EU, those who have received two full doses in the UK is only 2%, lower than the 3% figure in Europe.
“If people ignore preventive measures, think that vaccines are too protective, they could harm the successes we have achieved. We need the message that is really clear, that the defense,” Tildesley said. Social distancing measures apply to everyone, whether vaccinated or not “.
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