Boris Johnson has been ordered to shut down the United Kingdom; Wales’ leader is enraged by England’s status as a “global outlier.”
The Welsh First Minister has instructed BORIS JOHNSON to impose additional lockdown measures in the face of the Omicron variant, claiming that England is a “global outlier” when it comes to restrictions.
According to Mark Drakeford, the Prime Minister is “politically paralyzed” from enacting more restrictions.
“The one country that stands out for not taking action to protect its population is England,” he continued.
The First Minister of Wales announced during a Covid briefing that the current Covid restrictions in Wales would not be relaxed.
Since Omicron first arrived in the UK, England has been the only one of the four countries not to go beyond Plan B measures.
Mr Johnson expressed hope earlier this week that England would be able to “ride out” the Omicron wave without the need for further restrictions.
The Prime Minister emphasized the economic and educational consequences of a further lockdown, saying, “We can find a way to live with this virus.”
Mr Drakeford slammed England’s current strategy, saying, “Wales is taking action, as is Scotland, as is Northern Ireland, and as are countries all over Europe and the world.”
“In England, we have a Government that is politically paralyzed,” he continued, “where the Prime Minister is unable to secure an agreement through his cabinet to take the actions that his advisors have been advising him to take.”
He predicted that the Omicron wave’s peak would be “about 10 to 14 days away.”
After a senior epidemiologist who advised the Welsh and UK governments called for restrictions to be reduced to pre-Omicron levels, he made his comments.
The First Minister’s remarks drew a scathing rebuke on Twitter.
“It’s Drakeford that’s failing,” @NasherNigel responded.
He made a bad decision and now has to make it up to save face.
“And it will be businesses, local economies, and people who bear the brunt of his arrogance.”
Others pointed to data showing that the number of Covid cases per 100,000 people in Wales was higher than in England, even after Wales’ Boxing Day restrictions were implemented.
“He knows we have access to data, right? He knows we can simply show that he’s wrong with this statement, doesn’t he?” said @PeterCosten.
England has had the lowest number of cases per 100,000 of the four nations in the last seven days, with.
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