The UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock was criticized for how that the UK entered a lockdown, and it has faced questions over his asserts it began a complete week earlier than it did.
Hancock was grilled in Parliament on Thursday over why the authorities did not follow guidance from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to lock sooner.
By Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the authorities, SAGE advised the authorities to put in lockdown on March 16.
The opposition Labour party’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth requested Hancock why it required”a further seven days” to put the UK under lockdown.
Hancock responded: “Obviously, the 16th of March is the day that I came into the house and stated that unnecessary social contact must stop. That’s exactly when the lockdown was launched.”
On the other hand, the UK didn’t enter a complete lockdown before March 23, when Boris Johnson declared in a televised speech: “I need to give the British public a very straightforward instruction — you need to stay at home”
Meanwhile, Leicester’s lockdown was extended for another 2 months, with only a few of the constraints being eased.
By July 24, limitations on colleges and early years childcare can be raised and the authorities will be carrying a “targeted approach” to starting non-essential retail.
On the other hand, the Health Secretary said it is too soon to start up the hospitality industry and social gatherings of a maximum of six individuals will stay in force.
Hancock stated when the decision has been made to put Leicester back under lockdown, there were 135 instances of coronavirus every 100,000 people, which was three times greater than the next greatest city. Leicester was accounting for 10 percent of those deaths in the whole nation.
As of Thursday, July 16, the infection rate stands in 119 cases per 100,000 at Leicester. “However they still stay well above the national average” that the Health Secretary cautioned. “I know this has not been simple.”
Hancock declared a”dip” into using Randox coronavirus testing kits because of an issue with quality. Speaking in the House of Commons he explained: “We have identified some swabs which aren’t up to the typical high standard we expect and we are going to be carrying out additional testing of the batch.”
He said this issue has been brought to his attention on Wednesday afternoon which he had contacted all configurations using the kits Wednesday evening to stop on utilizing them whilst the authorities investigate further.
“Clinical guidance is that there’s not any evidence of any injury, that evaluation results aren’t affected, there are no difficulties of any of our additional evaluation swabs and there’s not any effect on access to testing,” he added.