The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said earlier that England cannot return to ‘significant economic restrictions’, even though COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise as winter approaches, as per The Times.
In an interview with The Times, Sunak said:
“I think we’re just in a very different place to where we were a year ago because of the vaccine.”
“There’s this enormous wave of protection, and that changes things. That’s our first line of defence.”
Despite this, coronavirus cases in England are the highest among Europe and are at levels not seen for the past three months. Still, vaccines have offered strong protection against the virus, therefore presuming the vast majority of deaths are those who are unvaccinated. It is important to remember the vaccine does not prevent transmissability – it reduces the rate of hospitalisations and deaths.
On Friday October 22, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said that a new lockdown wasn’t something the government was considering, although all data and figures are ‘under constant review’.
Sunak’s argument was that further restrictions would have a devastating impact on the economic wellbeing of the UK.