British Medical Association Calls for ‘Sensible Delay’ in Lifting U.K.’s COVID Lockdown as Cases Rise

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The British Medical Association asked for a “sensible delay” Friday in lifting the U.K. COVID-19 lockdown as new documented cases reached their highest levels since February, the Associated Press reported.

Britain’s main doctors’ union said that extending the lockdown would allow more people, specifically young people experiencing the highest ratio of infections, to get vaccinated before restrictions are eased.

“With only 54.2% of the adult population currently fully vaccinated and many younger people not yet eligible, there is a huge risk that prematurely relaxing all restrictions will undo the excellent work of the vaccine program and lead to a surge of infections,” said Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, council chair of the British Medical Association.

The rising cases can be attributed to the delta variant of COVID-19, first seen in India, which is causing 90 percent of all new infections in the U.K., with 8,125 new infections documented Friday, three times higher than the seven-day average recorded February 26, according to government data.

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