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Business Chiefs And UK Tangle Over Economic Deaths Caused By COVID-19 Lockdown

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the vote declaration for his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency on December 12, 2019 in Uxbridge, England. Exit polls predicted the Prime Minister, who has held the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat since 2015, will emerge from this general election with a governing majority, his aim when he called the first UK winter election for nearly a century. Election results from across the country are being counted overnight and an overall result is expected in the early hours of Friday morning. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Business Chief and politicians in the United Kingdom on Thursday chart the way forward from the COVID-19 lockdown that is affecting the national economy. They posited that if the lockdown continues unabated many citizens would be out of a job.

They, therefore, pleaded with the Government to unlock the economy and get Britain moving after figures appeared to show the Covid-19 outbreak was coming under control.

The experts as reported by Daily Mail suggested that coronavirus was ‘disappearing’ from the UK, with deaths down and new cases in London below 50 a day.

Official figures revealed on Thursday how deaths, hospital admissions and new infections have dropped significantly since the epidemic peaked in early April.

The R-rate – which shows how quickly the virus is spreading – is also said to be falling.

Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, said coronavirus was ‘disappearing at a rate that’s speeding up’.

He urged politicians to ‘open up businesses’ to prevent a second wave of deaths caused by economic collapse.

Conservative former leader Iain Duncan Smith said: ‘We need to move fast. The threat facing us now, outweighing coronavirus, is that of a failing economy.’

Tory ex-minister John Redwood said: ‘We are going to have unemployment on a scale not seen for many a year… unless we get furloughed people back to work.’


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