Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020

David Davis furiously slams Starmer’s circuit break plea ‘We’ll be in permanent lockdown!’

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Sir Keir Starmer’s urging for another national lockdown will not work at all, former Brexit Secretary, David Davis, has told ITV’s Peston. The Conservative MP was responding to calls for the UK to be placed in a circuit break shut down for a few weeks in order to suppress the coronavirus and buy time to fix the test and trace system. The Labour leader has given the idea his full backing, claiming that the Government’s plan “simply isn’t working” and “another course is needed”.

Mr Davis analysed the plan: “Number one, let’s deal with the issue of science.

“This is a scientist’s opinion, not the science.

“The data from the lockdown before is that it didn’t do much to the R number.

“The R number went seasonally, and many other countries saw the same.”

He continued: “Number two, this argument that it will give us time to bring it under control.

“Government’s been struggling for six months to make track and trace work.

“It’s not going to work in another two, three, four weeks.

“If we start down this process, we’ll be in a permanent lockdown until we get that right and it’s going to be a long time away, I think.”

The former Brexit Secretary added: “I don’t think the lockdown itself works at all.

“Also in terms of fixing track and trace, we seem to have lost our memory.

“Nationalised industry is not the answer. Public Health England were the ones that failed it in the first place.”

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The Government’s scientific advisers reportedly called for a circuit breaking lockdown for the country in September.

Sir David King, head of Independent SAGE, told ITV that going into second lockdown on September 23 would have led to around 5,000 cases of COVID-19 a day.

At the moment, the average daily confirmations of positive infections is approaching 20,000.

SAGE reportedly calculated that more than 7,000 lives could be be saved if schools are closed and people are ordered to stay at home for a fortnight from October 24.

However the Prime Minister has said he doesn’t want another national lockdown “right now” because it would harm the economy.

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