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Freedom day: GP bashes Boris Johnson’s ‘irresponsible’ plans to remove restrictions


During BBC Newsnight, Chaand Nagpaul, GP and chair of BMA council, criticised the Government’s decision to remove most restrictions on July 19 amid rising cases and hospitalisations. “We need to dispel the idea we’ve broken the link with hospitalisations,” he said.

“We have about three times as many people on ventilators than this time last month.”

On Thursday, 32,551 people tested positive and 35 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. Deaths per week have more than doubled – increasing by 52 percent – in comparison to the previous week.

In the last seven days, the UK recorded a 34.9 percent increase in Covid cases and 51.5 percent increase in patients admitted to hospital with Covid symptoms.

“I would even say it’s irresponsible,” Dr Nagpaul said.

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He went on to mention people suffering with long Covid and how it is a growing issue in the country.

David Strain, a senior clinical lecturer and Covid researcher at Exeter University, shared his concerns about long Covid to the Financial Times.

“Many of us have been urging the new Health Secretary Sajid Javid to consider long Covid when evaluating the easing of lockdown,” he said.

“But he does not seem to have taken it into account at all, even though long Covid is probably going to have more impact on the economy than any other aspect of the pandemic.”

The NHS is setting up specialist clinics to tackle the long haul symptoms that many suffer from after seemingly recovering from Covid.

As a part of a £100 million scheme the NHS is opening 15 clinics around England as well as improving long Covid diagnosis.

The most commonly known symptoms of long Covid are fatigue, breathing problems, muscle pain and what is known as “brain fog”.

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