As London and the entire south-east of the UK were plunged into a new lockdown over the weekend, many countries have banned all travel to and from the UK, but scientists are demanding to see any evidence that there are 70% more contagious. mutant COVID, having shown nothing by the government.
The Daily Mail reports that Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence-based medicine in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care at the University of Oxford, has expressed skepticism about the 70% figure.
“I’ve been doing this job for 25 years and I can say that you can’t come up with a quantifiable number in such a short period of time,” Heneghan said.
“All the experts say it is too early to draw such a conclusion,” added the professor.
“I would like to have very clear evidence rather than ‘we think it’s more communicable’ so that we can see if it is or not,” continued Heneghan.
“It has massive implications, it causes fear and panic, but we should not be in this situation when the government publishes data that is not quantifiable,” further insisted the professor.
“They adapt the data to the evidence. They are seeing cases increase and they are looking for evidence to explain it, ”said Heneghan.
The ‘mutant strain’ has been circulating since September, according to the government, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson using it to literally justify canceling Christmas.
However, Professor Heneghan stressed that if this strain is really much more contagious, “we should lock up the whole country.”
Minutes after Johnson announced the closure of London and the South East at midnight on Saturday, thousands of people crowded at stations in an attempt to escape to other parts of the country.
Although the people of London cannot travel, hundreds of flights from all over continued to land and take off from the city’s airports over the weekend.
The data available to the government on the “new strain” outside COVID comes from the analysis of the advisory body The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag).
No one has seen the data, with the Prim Minster noting that it is “preliminary data,” subject to review, “but” this is the best we have yet. “
Announcing the previously non-existent ‘level four’ level of restriction, Johnson added that this was happening due to a ‘shift in science’:
Some Tory MPs, who were already rebelling against the Level 3 lockdown, have called for all the scientific evidence the government needs to be made public.
The government has been accused of being ‘bounced back by science’, with former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith noting that chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief science adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are ‘returning in the shadows when it suits them. ”
“Why didn’t they alert ministers to the dangers sooner? Especially when, as we now know, scientists found out about this mutation in September, ”Duncan-Smith asked.
Former Minister Sir Desmond Swayne said: “It has all the hallmarks of a government rebounded by science, as it did at the very start of the arrangements when we first broke down last March.
“The arrangements for Christmas were explicitly voted on by Parliament. If they need to be changed, in my opinion, Parliament should vote again, ”Swayne added.
“Parliament has voted explicitly for a certain set of arrangements, so it seems perfectly appropriate that Parliament be consulted when these are changed, regardless of whether the government is acting in an emergency, but it is quite appropriate to recall Parliament at the beginning of this week. to at least ratify these changes, ”continued the deputy.
Swayne noted that MPs had not even received evidence to justify the increased restrictions, and that a third of the country had actually been jailed via a press conference.
“Explain to us – we are after all a democracy, explain to elected officials what evidence they have and why they made this decision,” Swayned stressed.
The MP accused the government of deliberately waiting for Parliament to start its Christmas break before making the announcement, in order to avoid a rebellion.
“They’ve been watching it since September and how convenient it is when Parliament went into suspension on Thursday, suddenly they were able to produce this revelation,” Swayne noted.
“Let’s see the evidence then, bring Parliament back, let’s show and convince ourselves, let’s be frank,” he urged, adding: “I want Parliament to be recalled so that we can properly examine in a democracy the decisions that are made that affect our economy. radically and our freedom.
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