The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned the Government against lifting Plan B restrictions next week, calling it “unwise”.
Dr. David Nabarro, the WHO’s special envoy on COVID-19, said it is “important that there is no premature promising that restrictions will end at a particular time”.
Dr. Nabarro told BBC Breakfast: “Restrictions are making a difference because they reduce the number of contacts people have, and restrictions therefore are helpful and it’s important that there is no premature promising that restrictions will end at a particular time or we’ll be able to get back to normal at a particular time.
“I want to be hopeful but I want to do my best to be as clear with what I’m really seeing, which is where I need to continue to be cautious and I will be.”
Asked about the prospect of the Government lifting Plan B restrictions in England, he added: “I’m a public health person… I would not be making promises some time in the future because, once you make a promise, it’s super hard then to change what you’re going to do – you feel you’re kind of doing a U-turn.
“This virus is constantly evolving and it’s super hard to predict where it will be – we can say where we hope we’re going to go, we can say where we’d like to go, we can say what we think we need to do to get there – but making promises that we’ll do something on a particular date, I think, is unwise.”