BoJo accused of ‘ignoring science’ on Covid — Analysis

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has claimed the prime minister is failing to guard England

Wales’ first minister has doubled down on feedback through which he accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “ignoring the science” on Covid-19 by refusing to introduce new measures to forestall the unfold of Omicron.

Talking to Sky Information on Sunday, First Minister Mark Drakeford reiterated claims that England was a “world outlier” and was not defending its individuals from the present wave of Covid-19. 

Drakeford mentioned he’s always requested why Wales isn’t doing the identical factor as England. “My reply was to level out that on this debate it’s not Wales that’s the outlier,” he acknowledged, including that Scotland, Northern Eire, and different nations world wide are doing the identical factor.

He mentioned it was not for him to reply on behalf of the UK authorities, which has jurisdiction over England. “I believe they haven’t carried out what the science would have informed them they need to do,” he added, doubling down on Friday’s remarks through which he mentioned UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “ignoring the science.” 

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Wales is at the moment topic to Alert Stage 2 restrictions, with masks mandated indoors and restaurant bookings restricted to 6 individuals. Indoor occasions with greater than 30 individuals and outside occasions for greater than 50 individuals are prohibited. 

“When we’ve totally different messages throughout our border that does make it tougher for us,” Drakeford added. 

Regardless of the shortage of restrictions in England, essentially the most populous nation of the UK has the bottom Covid-19 an infection charges; the present determine stands at 1,924 circumstances per 100,000 individuals. By comparability, Wales’s an infection fee is 2,380 circumstances per 100,000 individuals. 

Welsh guidelines have additionally angered many within the sporting world, with Drakeford insisting that the stadium of English soccer group Chester is in Wales, and due to this fact should play their video games behind closed doorways. Wales’ rugby stars have additionally known as to play their upcoming Six Nations video games in England to keep away from taking part in in an empty stadium.

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