Rise of new variants and difficulty in identifying them are among dangers listed by government’s scientific experts
The latest release of information by the government’s Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE) on the coronavirus pandemic has revealed that the Tories were warned of the serious dangers of allowing the virus to spread again – and that these risks exist regardless of the effectiveness of any vaccination programme.
The latest data have revealed exponential growth of infections in and from schools, as the latest ‘Independent SAGE’ committee briefing shows:
And while older children currently have the highest levels of infection, the fastest rate of growth is among primary-age children. Neither group is currently eligible for vaccinations.
And the Tories were warned by their own scientists that the success of the vaccination programme did not remove the serious risks of allowing the virus:
SAGE told the government that allowing infection numbers to rise would:
- increase the risk of new and more resistant variants emerging
- make identifying such new variants far more difficult
- allow new variants to spread faster
- make reducing infection numbers, when new ‘variants of concern’ do emerge, far more difficult
- increase the resulting societal and economic damage when it again becomes necessary to reduce the prevalence of infection
- put the NHS at renewed risk of collapse
These risks are serious enough, but complications such as ‘long COVID’ and increased risk of diabetes after infection, along with the still-unknown long-term health impacts, make the situation even worse – and even more so when it is our nation’s children who are being put in the firing line by the Tories’ determination to shred protective measures so far and to do so even further in a couple of weeks’ time.
As Skwawkbox has stated many times, the Tories should be in the dock, not in Downing Street. Now they are pursuing ‘herd immunity‘ through the classroom and gambling with the lives, health and future of our children.
And as usual, Labour is showing no signs of opposition.
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