26th May, 2022

Coventry South MP calls on Government to impose 'circuit breaker' lockdown to stop the spread of the virus

Tristan Harris 16th Oct, 2020 Updated: 16th Oct, 2020

THE LABOUR MP for Coventry South is calling on Health Secretary to impose a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

Zara Sultana urged the action during a statement in the House of Commons by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

It came as the Sage committee, the Government’s chief scientific advisors, recommended the two to three-week restrictions to stem infection.

It has been mooted it could be done during half-term but so far the Government, although introducing the three tier system and further curbs, has said it would not back the ‘circuit breaker’ suggestion at this time.

Ms Sultana highlighted that “In March the Government was advised by the Sage committee to lockdown.

“The Government delayed by a week and senior scientists estimate that the delay cost tens of thousands of lives. I fear the same mistakes are being made again.”

Prof Neil Ferguson, who sat on Sage in March, claimed locking down a week earlier – on March 16, rather that March 23, would have saved 20,000 lives.

Ms Sultana, in the same Parliamentary session, also called for new economic support to protect jobs and businesses.

“Cases are rapidly rising in Coventry and across the country.

“The Government has let the virus get out of control. To protect lives and livelihoods, the Government must urgently introduce a circuit breaker lockdown and new economic support.

“This should be focused at assisting jobs and businesses in Coventry struggling with the restrictions, such as in hospitality.”

 

Are you on Facebook?

Why not follow or like the Coventry Observer here – www.facebook.com/CovObserver – for daily news and sport updates straight to your newsfeed.

Support community journalism by making a contribution

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source of news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.


Support Us

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Coventry Observer.

Business Directory

From plumbers, to restaurants, we can provide you with all the info you need.

Recruitment

Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.