Conservatives pressure Boris Johnson to create Covid Freedom Day after latest Covid wave spikes
BORIS Johnson is under pressure to create a ‘Covid Freedom Day’ after the peak of the latest wave of infections.
Experts predict that hospital admissions will start to decline in mid-January – just before the latest round of government restrictions are renewed.
Last night, Tory MPs urged the PM to seize the opportunity to lift all restrictions on public movement and reopen Britain for business.
They argued that the extra money generated could be used to cushion the blow of soaring energy bills for struggling families.
Former Chief Government Whip Mark Harper, who chairs the Covid Recovery Group of Tory MPs, said: Automotive economy.
“It starts with the removal of Plan B Covid restrictions when they are supposed to expire in two and a half weeks. We need a day to learn to live with it. I’m not saying Covid won’t present challenges in the future, but we’re going to have to live with it and not treat it as an emergency crisis forever.
“We are in the third year of this coronavirus – we have had 2020 and 2021 and we are still talking about the fact that the NHS is on a war footing. It is not sustainable and the public is moving in our direction on this.
“We’re going to have to say – maybe January 26 when the current Plan B restrictions expire or March 24 when the self-isolation ones expire – that we’re going to treat Covid like the flu; if you catch it and have symptoms, we recommend that you stay home. But all legal restrictions should disappear.
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Tory MP Andrew Bridgen added: ‘The NHS has not been overwhelmed and should be able to cope once our infections peak in the next two weeks.
“If the number of cases is declining as quickly as it has increased, now would be a good time to lift all restrictions, get everyone back to work and reopen the economy.
“With all the extra money to be made and saved, the government could even afford to cut VAT on energy bills and reverse the planned hike in national insurance to cushion the rising cost of living. . “