What Newcastle folks think about lack of new lockdown restrictions as cases soar
Newcastle residents shared their thoughts on the government’s pledge not to introduce any new Covid restrictions in 2021.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed “that there will be no more measures before the New Year”, despite the increase in Covid cases across the country.
This means that people can make arrangements with family and friends for New Years Eve without the uncertainty that it will be canceled due to restrictions.
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And today, the residents of Northumberland Street shared their thoughts on the decision.
Paul Scott said he believed the government might struggle to gain public support if it imposed further restrictions.
The 47-year-old, from Sunderland, said: “I personally think the government would find it difficult to introduce new restrictions if it tried now.
“I think people are going to do their own thing now because people are fed up with the government’s indecisiveness and it causes frustration.
“We needed clear and concise instructions from the start, but instead we got ‘work from home, but only if you can’, and ‘you can go out, but don’t go out if possible.’ “
Paul added: “I was listening to the radio this morning and someone said we should let Covid gallop across the country and I’m starting to think that might be the best thing to do now because to some extent we have to live with it. ”
Martin Heath also said there should be no more restrictions and the government should allow the virus to spread across the country in the hope of securing immunity.
He said: “I’m pretty happy [that the government didn’t being in any new restrictions].
“To be honest, I think they should let people catch it now, other than putting restrictions on it.”
The 37-year-old said he tested positive for the Omicron variant two weeks ago and made a full recovery from the virus, which is believed to cause milder symptoms than previous variants.
Martin said: “I was worried when I found out I had it because I had asthma, but I didn’t have any breathing problems when I got it.
“I have always been fairly healthy other than asthma and have only had mild symptoms that looked more like a cold.”
Elizabeth Argyrou, who was visiting Newcastle from Cyprus, said she was delighted the government decided not to introduce restrictions on her visit.
But she admitted she was nervous coming to the UK to visit family amid the growing number of cases and has friends overseas who decided to cancel their trip to the UK United due to uncertainty around Covid and restrictions.
The 35-year-old, who traveled to the city from London yesterday, said: “I am very careful when I go out and I make an effort not to touch things.
“I arrived in London on the 18th and felt quite nervous when I was there because there are so many cases going on right now.”
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