A medical specialist linked to the University of Oxford in England believes he has an answer to the current situation of confinement prevailing in the UK; through a systematic three-phase plan expects the blockade to be lifted.
Carl Heneghan, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, went so far as to say last week that by the end of it, the scientific and medical evidence collected would be sufficient to demonstrate that the containment can begin to be lifted, Express UK reported.
Heneghan announced on a BBC program on Monday that the government’s initial measures regarding social distancing, as well as hand washing and general hygiene, had had a positive effect on slowing the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, or coronavirus, outbreak.
The specialist mentioned that the data collected so far showed a reduction in infection rates by more than half, after a public information campaign was launched on March 16 in which people were urged to stay at least 2 meters (about 6 feet) away from each other.
As the Daily Mail points out, the expert estimated that the peak would have occurred about a month ago, one week before the March 23 closure was announced, indicating that strict containment measures were unnecessary.
Heneghan questioned the decision of some ministers who “lost sight” of the evidence and rushed to initiate the quarantine throughout the country despite the indications issued by some scientific advisers who ended up saying they were “constantly wrong.”
Regarding the stages or phases through which the confinement could be lifted, Heneghan said that first it was necessary to re-establish a flow of work in a gradual way so that a reopening of society could begin.
Heneghan continued, “Second is to have tests and isolation for those who might still have symptoms and might have COVID.”
“And then number three is critical. We need a clear plan for hospitals and nursing homes,” added Heneghan, who also sought to be clear in emphasizing that the plan should aim to be perfect in order to control any possibility of the contagion from people with symptoms spreading further, according to Express UK.
Heneghan also praised the measures taken in Sweden, which have not been as restrictive and thus avoid spreading the prospect of a “doomsday scenario.” As the Daily Mail pointed out, on April 20 Sweden recorded only 329 new cases of infection and 40 deaths, corresponding to 10% of the figures in the United Kingdom.
The comments of some citizens were not long in coming and criticized through social networks Heneghan’s measures, questioning whether people’s lives or the economy were more important.
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is replacing Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his duties while he fully recovers from the CCP Virus, announced that the closure measures could last until June.
Raab said that after speaking with the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) he received “very clear advice” to determine an extension of the containment on the grounds of the risk of a second wave of infections.
Speaking to reporters, Raab said a lifting of the measures “would undo the progress made to date, and as a result, would require an even longer period of the more restrictive social distancing measures.”
Among the conditions stipulated by Raab for a return to a normal life would be a sustained drop in the daily death rate and the provision of evidence for future care.
At the same time, he said that an opening up could be implemented in some areas while strengthening restrictions in others.
The National Health Service in England confirmed a total of 14,829 deaths from the CCP Virus on April 20, and also confirmed that a total of 19,316 coronavirus tests were completed.
According to the Daily Mail, several scientists agree that the peak of the epidemic in the UK appears to have been April 8, when about 803 people died.