Professor John Ashton was speaking as the government removed a host of restrictions, including legal obligations to wear masks in public and limits on public gatherings. Capacity limits have also been lifted for sports venues, and nightclubs can – and have – reopened.
Professor Ashton, author of Blinded by Corona: How the Pandemic is Ruining our Health and Wealth, said: “After more than a year of practical experience, our government remains as blinded by Corona as it was in the beginning. .
“The world is staring at us in awe.
“Freedom Day is a terrifying experience with a petri dish of millions of people.
“Our reputation will be tarnished for years to come and the saddest thing is that this is a defeat torn from the jaws of our vaccine victory.”
“We’re not going to have freedom as long as this virus is allowed to riot.”
Referring to the so-called Delta variant first discovered in India, the former regional director of public health for the North West of England added: “With the vaccination, we finally had the opportunity to do getting the virus down to very low levels, but instead we left the new Indian variant in the age group that spends a lot of time in pubs, bars and restaurants.
JUSTIN: Covid vaccine disaster as jab rate drops well below EU
A total of 183 deaths recorded during the week ending July 9 mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This is a 68% increase from the previous week, and the highest number since 205 deaths were recorded in the week to April 30.
Deaths had fallen to 84 in the week to June 11.
The reopening is part of an upward trend in cases, with 39,950 positive tests confirmed yesterday.
As of July 14, the most recent government figures available, the rate of COVID-19 cases over a seven-year period stood at 399.6 – also indicating an increasing trend.
The UK vaccination roll-out program was widely regarded as a great success, with 82,413,766 having received at least one dose and 36,099,727 fully vaccinated yesterday.
At the same time, the number of daily vaccinations administered in the UK has steadily declined, with the most recent seven-day average standing at 231,130.6.
In addition, Prime Minister Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak quickly overturned initial decisions not to self-isolate after coming into contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday. .
Speaking on the government’s immunization schedule on Saturday, Prime Minister Johnson said: “Barely 8 months since the first vaccine was administered, achieving these goals is another extraordinary achievement.
“Thanks again to everyone who came forward and to those who help others get stung.
“You are the reason we are able to carefully ease the restrictions next week and come back closer to normal life.
“Now let’s finish the job. If you’re over 18, book your two jabs today.