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Covid-19: Government must reintroduce precautionary measures now, say health leaders

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 20 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2566

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Health leaders have urged the UK government to reintroduce measures such as mandatory face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces “without delay” to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed this winter.

Last month the government set out its “plan B for England,”1 which it will implement if data show that the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure this winter. This may include introducing mandatory vaccine certification in specific settings, reintroducing the legal requirement to wear face coverings in some settings, and advising people to work from home if they can.

The UK saw 49 156 new infections on 18 October, the highest daily figure since mid-July. The number of patients in the UK being admitted to hospitals with covid has reached 900 a day—approaching the 1000 a day figure that experts …

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