Lockdowns ‘don’t work’ says Jeremy Vine panelist Carole Malone
Ms Malone insisted lockdowns are not “effective” in treating the spread of coronavirus. Accusing Prime Minister Boris Johnson of presiding over “chaos”, the leader of the opposition insisted it was “inevitable” that more schools would need to shut. Sir Keir Starmer told reporters the Prime Minister should not hint at new restrictions within weeks but, instead, act within hours.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Ms Malone said: “Boris is never going to take any notice of what the Opposition leader says.
“Keir Starmer can say anything he likes, he doesn’t have to take responsibility for anything that he says.
“Do I think we should go back into another lockdown? No.
“They don’t work, they’re not effective.
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“There’s up to 15 published papers now that say lockdowns don’t work.
“Not only are they ineffective, they actually could be the cause of more deaths.
“Two published papers said although they can lighten the load on hospitals momentarily, the long-term effects are that more people are dying.
“They’re not working, the Tier system is not working.”
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out another national lockdown amid concerns the new variant coronavirus is spreading out of control.
Mr Hancock hailed the start of the rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as an 82-year-old former maintenance manager became the first person to receive the jab outside of clinical trials.
The Health Secretary said the NHS has the capacity to deliver two million doses a week of the vaccine once it receives supplies from the manufacturers.
But with the latest data showing a 33 percent rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in hospital in England between Christmas Day and January 2, he warned there would be “some very difficult weeks” to come.
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Asked about the prospect of another national lockdown, he acknowledged that the current restrictions are insufficient to control the spread of the disease.
He told Sky News: “We don’t rule anything out, and we’ve shown repeatedly that we will look at the public health advice and we will take the public health advice in terms of what is needed to control the spread of the disease.
“This new variant is much easier to catch, it is much more transmissible, and we’re now seeing the effect of that in lots of different parts of the country, unfortunately.
“And it means that, whereas the old Tier 3 was able to contain the old variant, that is proving increasingly difficult in all parts of the country.”
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