Talk of the government potentially reimpose restrictions at the end of October, such as social distancing and mask wearing, is concerning. The rationale for such measures, and more lockdown style restrictions going forward, are due to rising hospitalisations and deaths caused by Covid.
What such preparations betray is the unravelling of the strategy switch made on 19 July, when all restrictions were lifted.
The change saw a move from restrictions on individual’s liberties like social distancing, masks and lockdowns to a herd immunity approach. It was premised on everyone getting vaccinated.
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