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‘Letting the virus rip’ would cause too many deaths for the health secretary to bear
The government has recently faced ongoing questions about whether restrictions should be placed on the whole community or be more targeted towards the vulnerable. Addressing this issue in the Commons, Mr Hancock says the virus has shown “beyond all possible doubt” that the health of one of us begets the health of all.
“And so the central question about the control of the virus is, without a doubt in my mind – and this is a question I ask myself every day – how do we best keep people safe from this virus whilst protecting liberty and livelihoods and the things that make life worth living?
“And I believe that in reality there is not a simple trade-off… because the exponential growth of the virus means in reality there are only two parts, either to control the virus or let it slip. Because once the virus is growing it accelerates and I am convinced that no matter how effective we protect the vulnerable – and of course protect them we must – letting the virus rip would leave a death toll too big to bear. And in reality the only question is how to control the virus and when to put measures in place.”