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Boris backed in plan to rule out second lockdown – 'There would be no economy left!'


In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister said he wanted to avoid ordering another lockdown similar to how he wants to avoid using the Trident nuclear deterrent. His position appears to be at odds with that of Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser. 

Speaking to MPs on Friday, Sir Patrick has said COVID-19 “challenges will be very much greater” during the winter months.

And he said if there was a surge in infections “national measures” could be required.

Mr Johnson’s opposition to a second lockdown has been backed by 60 percent (1,507) of respondents in an Express.co.uk poll.

Thirty-nine percent (1,003) said Mr Johnson was not right to rule out a second round of strict measures.

And yet a third said there should never have been a lockdown in the first place.

The person said: “There should never have been a total lockdown anyway.

“Old and vulnerable people should have faced restrictions while the young and fit could have carried on.”

They said if the economy was not brought to a near-standstill “the economic destruction we now face” could have been averted.

Others said Sir Patrick and his fellow scientist were being overly-cautious.

The reader commented: “The scientists are being scientists – they don’t know, so they are just super cautious.

“They won’t rule anything out.

“Boris hasn’t got the luxury of saying nothing and has the job of moving the economy forward.”

The poll ran from 1.25pm to 10.25pm on Sunday, July 19.


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