“Lockdown Restrictions Are Not Working”

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Verona Murphy Independent TD for Wexford, has called on the government to develop a sustainable winter roadmap for living with Covid19.

Speaking today from her Wexford office, Deputy Murphy outlined the need for a new winter roadmap:

“Lockdown restrictions are not working from a socio-economic and well-being perspective, nor do they appear to be having much affect in terms of case numbers. In recent days we have also heard the WHO advising governments to stop using lockdowns to control the virus.”

“We cannot continue by putting people’s lives and livelihoods on pause every 2 or 3 months, we need sustainable alternatives. We need a Winter roadmap based on rapid testing and contact tracing capacity. We also need to ensure that the capacity is available in our public hospital system to allow society continue to function, safe in the knowledge that the HSE has the resources available to cope.”

“Sweden introduced a long term strategy that people could live with. From what we have seen so far in relation to our response to Covid19 restrictions, it is like being on a diet, the more restrictive a diet is, the less likely a person is going stick to it long-term. Sustainable measures need to be developed.

Deputy Murphy concluded:

“The second line effects of the government’s current response to the virus are things such as; the missed cancer diagnosis, the increasing levels of stress, the job losses, the business closures. These problems cannot be emphasised enough. They are every bit as much of a public health issue as Covid19 is. We should not focus on one, to the detriment of the others. A balance is needed.”

“To quote Dr David Navarro, who is the World Health Organizations special envoy on Covid19”

“We in the World Health Organisation do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus. The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganise, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

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