Soon after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further easing of lockdown from July 4 with pubs, restaurants, hotels, leisure centres, cinemas set to open, leading medical experts from the country have written an open letter to all political parties urging them to exercise caution and be prepared for a second wave of coronavirus.
The experts have called for a “transparent rapid review of where we (the country) are and what needs to be done to prevent and prepare for a second wave”.
The open letter was published in the British Medical General and enjoys the support of the Royal College of Surgeons, Physicians, General Practitioners and Nursing, as well as the British Medical association.
The letter says, “While the future shape of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK is hard to predict, the available evidence indicates that local flare ups are increasingly likely, and a second wave is a real risk. The job now is not only to deal urgently with the wide-ranging impacts of the first phase of the pandemic, but also to ensure that the country is adequately prepared to contain a second phase.”
It is predicted that the UK may witness a second wave that could hit around Christmas time or just in the beginning of 2021.
The letter urges urgent action in order to protect people and the economy by planning in time to avoid a winter peak, a season when the NHS is normally overwhelmed.
The letter suggests a cross-party commission “establishing a constructive, non-partisan, four nations approach that could rapidly produce practical recommendations for action, based on what we have all learnt, and without itself becoming a distraction for those at the front line, or in government.”
The experts says, “We think there’s a strong case for an immediate assessment of national preparedness, with the first results available no later than August, and that all its work should be completed by the end of October. We don’t underestimate the complexities of establishing this in the required timeframe. We stand by ready to help in whatever way we can.”
While UK’s economy has been badly hit in recent times, the fear of a second wave of coronavirus infection leading to high number of deaths is looming large. Amidst this is also a call for a public inquiry into the country’s response to the Covid-19 crisis as well.
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