Out of the shutdown – Boris Johnson wants to be on the safe side – News



 The  British have one of the fastest vaccination campaigns in the world. By the end of July, every adult should have received at least one vaccine dose. A first study from Scotland proves today: Thanks to the vaccinations, hospital deliveries are falling sharply.

One might think that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now accelerating the shutdown to end. But he doesn’t. For example, restaurants or pubs cannot serve guests inside again until May. Some voices from the business world protested against it today, but they do not have much support. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, is expected to speak out for more grants next week.

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 The  majority of the people support the approach

Johnson knows: a majority of British people support his strategy. Two thirds support strict measures and put up with them – true to the old British motto: “Keep calm, carry on”.

For example, the United Kingdom has had around seven of the last eleven months in shutdown mode with very strict rules. © www.de24.news

 The  maxim: stay at home, only go outside if you have a valid reason such as shopping or exercising.

Pictures of exhausted nursing staff

One of the main reasons the majority of the British are taking this without complaint is because of the national health system (NHS). © www.de24.news

 The  state-funded health system enjoys an extremely high reputation among the population. And this beloved NHS and its nursing staff in the hospitals were completely overwhelmed during the first wave and until a few weeks ago.

With 120,000 fatalities, the UK is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. © www.de24.news

 The  images of exhausted carers and of the fatalities were very present in the British media.

«Better safe than sorry»

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 The  people blame the government for some of this. Johnson knows that now he has to prove that he has learned from past mistakes. Instead of being a little more courageous and business-friendly, he sticks to another British motto: “Better safe than sorry.” Freely translated: Better to be on the safe side than having to apologize later.

Henriette Engbersen

Henriette Engbersen

Great Britain Correspondent, SRF

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Engbersen has been SRF’s UK correspondent since spring 2017. She has been working for Swiss television since 2008, first as a correspondent for Eastern Switzerland and later as an editor for “Tagesschau”.

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