The British government has been accused of causing a “local blockade by stealth” after issuing guidance to encourage people in India’s CCP virus mutant hotspots to limit socializing and travel.
Updated advice is to prevent people from eight regions of England, including the London borough of Bolton, Leicester, Kirkries, and Hounslow, from meeting indoors to prevent the spread of a new variant, also known as B1617.2. Encourages to. It can be 50 percent more contagious than the Kent variant.
The advice was published on the government’s website on May 21, but the local health director said he had not been consulted or notified about it.
Keir Starmer, the leader of the main opposition Labor Party, has accused the government of taking “totally shameful” actions for not informing people in the affected areas.
“Regional blockade is the wrong approach for both public health and the local economy,” he said.
Labor Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth urged the government to withdraw new advice.
In an urgent question at the House of Commons, Ashworth said that many of the areas involved were “beared by the crisis of the last 15 months” and felt “abandoned” by Westminster.
“So can the minister understand how upset it is, how insulting it is, or can we impose new restrictions on us?” To Congressman Leicester South. Asked.
“Stealth, back door, local blockade by Secretary of State [Matt Hancock] I don’t even have the courtesy to come and teach me. “
No. 10 emphasized that the guidance is “not statutory” and that the government wants to move away from the “top-down decree” as the blockade is eased.
Defending the government’s position in the Commons, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said Prime Minister Boris Johnson would still take a national approach to lift the restrictions.
“As the Prime Minister said, we want the whole country to break away from these restrictions together, and we are responsible, cautious and common sense as people have done through this pandemic. I trust in acting and deciding how to do my best to protect myself and their loved ones, “he said.
From May 17th, people who go to pubs and restaurants are allowed to eat and drink indoors and also on foreign holidays.
Under the government roadmap from the blockade of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, all legal COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on June 21st.
However, new figures show a slight increase in weekly registrations of virus-related deaths in England and Wales.
In Bolton, one of India’s variant hotspots, the hospital said the emergency department saw one of the busiest days ever on Monday and is preparing for continued pressure.
PA and Associated Press contributed to this report.