the BMA, a trade union for UK doctors, has said robust measures to keep the virus under control must be in place before lockdown ends, including:
- giving local public-health teams more of the oversight and budget of Test and Trace to ensure it is fit for purpose
- replacing the rule of six, which allowed up to six people from different households to meet with a two-households rule to reduce social mixing
- banning travel between different local lockdown tiers
- replacing guidance with rules to ensure workplaces and public areas such as shops and pubs are Covid secure
- continuing to encourage people who can to work from home
BMA chair of council Dr Chaand Nagpaul said government must learn from mistakes surrounding the ending of the first lockdown – rapid relaxation and inadequate monitoring, while people had been encouraged to go to the pub and dine out.
“It is unthinkable that we make the same mistakes again,” he said, “because this time, the impact will be far worse.”