Ministers should activate their Plan B to combat the pandemic in England if there is an unacceptable level of Covid cases.
British Medical Association (BMA), accused the government of being “wilfully negligence” in not imposing mandatory face masks.
For eight consecutive days, daily UK infections were above 40,000
No 10 stated that ministers “monitoring the normal metrics” regarding coronavirus are in place and will “not hesitate to take action if necessary”.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson stated that while the government listens to many voices, including doctors and other experts, it does not always agree with them.
Reports that a more severe Plan C for England was being developed were not true, he said. He said, “Neither ministers nor officers are working on these proposals.”
This involves giving booster jabs and one vaccine dose to healthy 12- to 15-year olds.
The chairman of the BMA, Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that doctors can “categorically say” that it is time to start Plan B.
He said that the case numbers were similar to March when England was locked down and were not common in other European countries.
He stated, “It is therefore extremely concerning that [Mr Javid] has not taken immediate action to save lives or to protect the NHS.”
Sajid Javid, Health Secretary, said Wednesday that the government wouldn’t introduce its plan B measures.
These include mandatory face coverings at certain locations and Covid passports to enter large events and nightclubs. It also recommends working from home.
After Mr Javid had urged people to cover their faces when they were in crowded places in England, Mr Argar stated that Tory MPs should decide whether to wear a covering while in the crowded Commons.
Professor Robert West, a behaviour expert who advises government, said that politicians should lead the people when it comes mask wearing.
He stated that it gives those indecisive a “kind of excuse” if they like to say, “If they’re doing it why should you do it?”
Javid warned that insufficient vaccinations would lead to restrictions in England.
The number of Covid patients admitted into hospital in the past seven days has risen 11% and 21% respectively, but this number is still far below its peak in January.