One-quarter of the British population are now in tighter measures

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One-quarter of the British population are now in tighter measures or lockdown because COVID-19 infections are rising. People who postponed weddings hoping they would be permitted to have more guests got it wrong. The numbers were slashed from 30 to 15.

There is an argument in Parliament that says the government is ruling by decree and that is not how a Parliamentary democracy should work. They say that before tighter measures are enacted, they should be debated and voted upon. The counter-argument is debate takes time, and time is something we do not have. We need to act swiftly.

To compound the problem we do not have testing at the airports and test and trace results frequently take longer than 24 hours. This fact has come upon Parliament many times. Also, the new National health service app cannot accept test results from many of the labs and this problem has to be rectified.

Those in opposition parties have said that we are too reactive and that we need to get ahead and be more proactive. Capacity in test and trace needs to improve. We await to see what improvements are made in the days and weeks to come.

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