After the escalation of epidemic prevention and control in the UK, more and more countries and regions have taken restrictive measures against personnel from the United Kingdom.
The situation of heavy vehicle congestion at the British border crossing continues. In Dover Port, some truck drivers clashed with the police, and some drivers were arrested.
According to the estimates of the British Road Transport Association, there are currently as many as 10,000 trucks stranded. Truck drivers have been waiting for many days to go from Dover Harbor to France.
David King, the former chief scientific adviser of the British government, said in an interview with the head station that if the British government can respond to the novel coronavirus faster, fully listen to the advice of the scientific team and take timely measures, the situation currently facing the UK may be avoided.
David King, former chief scientific adviser of the British government: We are in lockdown again, which is also a disaster for the British economy.
Hospitals are now overloaded, which means that those cancer patients who urgently need hospitalization, such as surgery, have received few treatment opportunities this year, so I want to say that this is a disastrous year for Britain.
Earlier this year, we learned very detailed information from China, and the report published in the Lancet magazine on January 23 included all the information we needed to decide whether to take urgent action.
But in my opinion, I’m afraid the British government has not taken the necessary action.
David King said that in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, he and other scientists set up an independent scientific advisory group on emergencies to release relevant information to the government and the public in a timely manner, but the British government repeatedly ignored scientific advice and failed to take timely measures, resulting in the current chaos in Britain.
David King, former chief scientific adviser to the British government: Three weeks ago, we suggested that the government impose another blockade, because the epidemic in London is rising faster than we expected.
This is the first understanding of this new mutant novel coronavirus, and we should take action three weeks ago.
David King said that the virus detection and tracking system designed by the British government at a huge cost of money ended up failing, which is also an important reason for the worsening of the epidemic.
David King, former chief scientific adviser of the British government: The failure of the virus detection and tracking system has made it impossible for us to isolate those infected cases from others, which has also dealt a serious blow to the British economy.