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Twice as many deaths involving Covid occurred during Summer 2022 compared with last Summer. More than 5,700 Covid deaths have been registered in the UK since 8 June 2022. This is 95% higher than in the same period last year, when there were 2,936 UK deaths involving Covid.
The Tory government still insist the pandemic is over despite the evidence. The Tories claim vaccination is the only protection we need, despite Omicron subvariants continuously breaching vaccine boundaries through mutation, and repeatedly reinfecting the population. And outrageously the government are now removing the duty for NHS staff and care workers to test themselves for Covid if they have been near an infected person but are asymptomatic.
The Zero Covid UK campaign actively supported a Vaccines-Plus strategy, combining mass vaccination with a range of practical and realistic public health measures. These include wearing masks in public places, free covid tests, contact tracing, effective ventilation, safe workplaces, decent sick pay, and enforceable air quality standards.
We are now launching Covid Action, our new name.
Joan Twelves from the Covid Action Steering Committee said:
“The pandemic is not over. We demand government action to rapidly diminish Covid infection and deaths. The NHS needs the resources now to defeat Covid 19 – vaccines, contact tracing, self-testing and full sick pay for all NHS and Care workers. The mass vaccination booster campaign needs to start now and should be offered to every person in the UK. Vaccination of all global populations is absolutely essential.”
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