This month, we had the ‘Battle for Manchester’; Ministers decided to put Greater
Manchester into lockdown, at the cost of jobs and livelihoods. The Lockdown in
March was supposed to be for a few weeks with the intention of ensuring that Covid–
19 cases didn’t overwhelm the critical care capacity of the NHS. After the first three
weeks we knew that the NHS had coped without needing the ‘Nightingale’ hospitals
that were brought into service. However, the lockdown continued for three months. In
the time since March, doctors have improved their treatment of Covid patients very considerably. The pressures on local hospitals are building again but we aren’t seeing the same progression from hospital admission to intensive care as we did in March and April. Thankfully, the numbers succumbing to the virus is also much lower. We shouldn’t be complacent, (We know that hand hygiene and distancing are key) but I firmly believe that we should rely more on people’s responsibility and common sense and less on arbitrary rules that interfere in every aspect of our lives.
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