Andrew Pierce says another lockdown would be the end of Boris
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Political commentator Andrew Pierce discussed the potential U-turn with Jeremy Vine caller Peter he predicted the UK Government would make the move. Mr Pierce stated that Boris Johnson’s Government will push forward with the relaxing of coronavirus rules and implement a strategy similar to herd immunity.
Peter said: “I will make a prediction to you that by September 1 we will be back in lockdown.”
Mr Pierce replied: “Politically it would be the end of the Prime Minister.
“The thinking in Number 10 is the more of us that Covid, we will start building up anti-bodies.
“So many people have been vaccinated.
“The herd immunity they denied they wanted to achieve at the beginning, they will get it anyway by hook or by crook.”
The UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid has previously warned that Covid cases could get as high as 100,000 cases a day following the relaxing of restrictions.
On Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the UK’s Government move to relax Covid rules on July 19.
Mr Johnson said: “I want to set out what our lives would be like from the 19th of this month – which is only a few days away – if and when we move to step 4 – a decision we will finally take on the 12th – and I want to stress from the outset that this pandemic is far from over and it will certainly not be over by 19th.
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“As we predicted in the roadmap we’re seeing cases rise fairly rapidly – and there could be 50,000 cases detected per day by the 19th and again as we predicted, we’re seeing rising hospital admissions and we must reconcile ourselves sadly to more deaths from Covid.
“In these circumstances, we must take a careful and a balanced decision.
“And there is only one reason why we can contemplate going ahead to step 4 – in circumstances where we’d normally be locking down further – and that’s because of the continuing effectiveness of the vaccine roll-out.
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“When we paused step 4 a few weeks ago, we had two reasons. First, we wanted to get more jabs into people’s arms – and we have, with over 45 million adults now having received a first dose and 33 million a second.
“That is a higher proportion of the adult population of any European country except Malta, and our expectation remains that by July 19 every adult will have had the chance to receive a first dose and two-thirds will have received their second dose.
“And second, we wanted a bit more time to see the evidence that our vaccines have helped to break the link between disease and death.
“And as the days have gone by it has grown ever clearer that these vaccines are indeed successful with the majority of those admitted to hospital unvaccinated.”
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