LettersCovid ‘Freedom Day’ despite Delta surge a reckless move from the UK
- It is naive to expect people to be self-disciplined enough to wear masks and practise social distancing when they are not forced to do so.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britons have to learn to “live with this virus”, and take responsibility for what prevention measures to adopt and the associated risks. Wearing masks will be a “personal choice”. I do not agree.
Virus-control measures are needed even with high vaccination rates. The UK government is putting citizens at a higher risk of contracting the deadly virus, rather than focusing on doing all it can to prevent infections. It is naive to expect people to be self-disciplined enough to wear masks and practise social distancing when they are not forced to do so.
Johnson once asked at a press conference, “If we don’t [ease restrictions] now we’ve got to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it?”
I could answer this question: “When there are fewer cases.”
Jacky Wong, Kwun Tong