Sunday 4 July 2021 / 10:30 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth responds to Government’s plans ahead of step 4

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the Government’s plans ahead of step 4, said:

“We are all desperate to move on from restrictions but with infections continuing to rise steeply thanks to the Delta variant, Boris Johnson needs to outline the measures he will introduce such as ventilation support for building and sick pay for isolation to push cases down.

“Letting cases rise with no action means further pressure on the NHS, more sickness, disruption to education and risks a new variant emerging with a selection advantage.

“So far ‘learning to live with the virus’ had been no more than a ministerial slogan. Now we know this is the Government’s strategy, when Sajid Javid addresses the Commons he must explain what level of mortality and cases of long-covid he considers acceptable. And what support will be in place for the most deprived areas where cases are highest and vaccination rates lowest.

“These are important questions ministers now must answer.”