The UK government has been accused of conducting a “threatening campaign” after the detection of a variant of Omicron, as some of its own conservative backbench MPs have accused the reintroduction of COVID-19 restrictions. ..
The House of Commons passed a new measure proposed by the government on Tuesday. This measure requires you to wear a face cover in UK stores and public transport. All travelers returning to the UK must take a PCR test and self-quarantine until a negative result is obtained. , And all contacts in suspicious Omicron cases should be self-isolated, regardless of age or vaccination status.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a backbench rebellion as 32 of his own Conservatives opposed self-quarantine regulations and 19 opposed measures to cover his face.
During the debate, former Minister Christopher Chope called the new restrictions “oppressive, authoritarian, and dictatorial,” and the minister argued that there was “no evidence” of the regulatory impact on public health protection.
“These regulations are part of a government threatening campaign, designed to curb personal freedom and curb social contact, and do so by agitating unjustified fear. “He added.
Sir Graham Brady, chair of the influential 1922 Backbench Conservatives Committee, said there were “serious concerns” about “the effectiveness of what was proposed” to “Mission Creep.” Warned.
“Now we see the government’s immediate assumption that what the government should reach is new controls, new coercions, and new rules imposed on the people of Britain,” he said. “And I think we need to move away from it and return to a world that trusts people.”
Former conservative minister Sir Desmond Swayne warned that “another pindemic” could occur as a result of new self-isolation requirements, forcing many workers to leave work as Christmas approaches. it was done.
However, Health Minister Maggie Throup said the new measures are “proportional, preventative and balanced.”
The government is trying to ease concerns from the hospitality industry regarding the reintroduction of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus regulation.
Also on Tuesday, the Prime Minister rejected the health director’s call to stop people from socializing if they didn’t need it for Christmas.
Dr. Jenny Harries, Head of Health and Security, UK, said that people can do anything to slow the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant by reducing the number of social contacts they have. said.
However, Downing Street later claimed that the official guidance on socialization was “no change.”
PA contributed to this report.