There are currently 1,344,356 known cases of #covid19 in the UK, and 51,766 people have died.

The UK is the first country in Europe to pass the 50,000 milestone, and only the fifth country in the world to do so after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.
Our population is much smaller than those countries and according to John Hopkins University, we have the 4th worst per capita deaths from covid in the world
So there can be no mistaking that out government has failed Britain badly.
It has no plan beyond lurching from lockdown to a tier system that has already proven unsuccessful. The vaccine escape route is at least a year off.
That’s why scientists like Martin McKee and MPs including @CarolineLucas @Dr_PhilippaW @LaylaMoran and Dr Dan Poulter have backed the @march_change #CovidSecureUk plan
It has three strands: Control the virus (get R down in communities) Suppress the virus (stop it reentering at the borders), Eliminate the virus (vaccines/other therapeutics).
If the government were to adopt this exit strategy, we would at least have a plan, and would be able to reopen the economy in a sustainable way, rather than trap ourselves in an endless cycle of open up/lockdown

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Previously they’d have had the right to work in 27 other countries.

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