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Covid-19: Government is “wilfully negligent” in not acting on rising numbers, says BMA

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 21 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2578

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The BMA has accused the UK government of being “wilfully negligent” by not immediately implementing additional precautionary measures to reduce the spread of covid-19.

At a Downing Street briefing on 20 October, England’s health secretary, Sajid Javid, said that the government would not be bringing in its “plan B” measures to prevent health services being overwhelmed, including mandatory face coverings and working from home, “at this point.” This was despite the UK recording 49 139 new covid cases, 179 deaths, and 869 hospital admissions on 20 October, and Javid warning that daily infection rates “could yet go as high as 100 000 a day.”

Javid said, “We’ll do what it takes to make sure that this …

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