HANCOCK TOLD TO BE CAUTIOUS BEFORE HE DENIES COVID WINTER SURGE IS INEVITABLE
Matt Hancock denied a Covid surge is inevitable this autumn and winter after being urged to be “completely honest” about the future threat posed by Covid-19.
The Health Secretary repeatedly told MPs “it’s not inevitable” to expect a rise in cases later this year due to the impact of the vaccine programme, although also acknowledged it “may happen”.
His remarks came after Tory former health secretary Jeremy Hunt had advised his successor to be cautious and be realistic about the impact of a “vaccine-busting” variant. Speaking as Mr Hancock confirmed the four-week delay to the dropping of restrictions, Mr Hunt said: “I happen to support these measures and the caution the Government is showing.
“But could I suggest to (Mr Hancock) that one of the reasons for the disappointment many people feel is the use of words like ‘irreversible’. Tonight Sir Patrick Vallance said we will be living with Covid for the rest of our lives.
“If there is a vaccine-busting variant that threatens another 100,000 lives, these measures will not be irreversible and we have a duty to be completely honest with people about the bumpiness of the road ahead. So, could I urge the Health Secretary to be as cautious with the language we use as he rightly is with NHS bed capacity.”