London, Nov 28 (EFE) .- The three-level restriction plan to curb the pandemic that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to apply in England since December 2 is reeling from the rejection of Tory deputies who are considering this Saturday vote against next week.
English hospitals are at risk of “saturation” if measures are not taken
The conservative leader proposes to toughen the rules to contain the advance of the virus against the guidelines established before the current lockdown – which began on November 5 – a decision that does not please dozens of parliamentarians from his own party.
One of them, Craig Mackinlay, advanced today that he will not support the strategy this Tuesday in the Commons: “Fundamentally, since we have already been through this, we have to ask ourselves: if this is the cure, is it really working?” politician to the BBC.
Another prominent Tory, Graham Brady, says in an article published today by the Daily Mail tabloid that he will not vote in favor of “dubious” rules, which endanger the “social fabric” of the country.
Many detractors feel that areas with low infection rates will be forced to weather even stricter rules than those enforced during this second lockdown.
That outright rejection of his strategy could potentially leave Johnson at the mercy of the backing of the opposition Labor Party.
ALERT ABOUT A HOSPITAL “SATURATION”
The so-called Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove, came to the rescue of the Chief Executive by warning today in The Times that hospitals run the risk of being “saturated” with infected patients if these measures are not introduced.
Gove – one of the great promoters of Brexit – urges those “rebels” to “assume responsibility for making difficult decisions” with the mission of flattening the curve of covid-19.
On the basis of this three-tier plan – medium, high and very high – 99% of England will be subject to the two highest degrees of alert.
Unless actions are taken to slow the spread of the virus, the NHS (public health service) will “break down” and hospitals will be “physically saturated”, warns Gove.
“The levels of restrictions before confinement did not suppress COVID sufficiently: they were not strong enough to reduce social contact, nor were they applied to the extent necessary to contain the spread of the virus,” he recalls.
The politician emphasizes that the country, which has 57,551 deaths from the virus, faces a “national crisis”, in which 16,000 hospital beds are occupied by covid-19 patients compared to almost 20,000 last April and 740 on September 11.
In areas with a very high level of risk – such as Manchester – indoor and outdoor social gatherings will remain prohibited, and bars that do not serve take-out will remain closed.
At the intermediate level, where London and Liverpool appear, indoor meetings of different households are forbidden; The maximum of six people will be kept for outdoor meetings, and the closing time of pubs and restaurants – now closed except for home delivery – is set at 23.00 GMT.
The establishments will only be able to serve alcoholic beverages if they are accompanied by a “substantial meal” and the “limited” return of spectators to sports stadiums and live shows will be allowed, while non-essential places such as hairdressers may also reopen.
THE VACCINE, EACH TIME CLOSER
According to the Guardian today, hospitals have been instructed to be ready in just ten days to launch the distribution of the vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech.
The directors of the NHS have revealed that these centers could start receiving the first batches on December 7.
Citing various hospital sources, the newspaper points out that initially the health workers will be the first to receive the antidote, and not residents of nursing homes or those over 80, as had been anticipated.
This is due, according to these, to the fact that the vaccine created by Pfizer “cannot travel again once it reaches the hospital, so it must be used within five days.”