Vaccine: Radio caller says rates ‘must be down to the jab’
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A furious caller on LBC erupted at Boris Johnson for claiming lockdowns have led to falling death rates and not vaccines. Mr Johnson made the comments on Tuesday from Downing Street but has faced a backlash, with commentators branding the statement as a politically-fuelled move to support his decision to lockdown Britons. But the furious caller lambasted the Prime Minister and claimed anyone with “any modicum of sense” would realise falling deaths are due to the successful vaccine rollout.
‘We’ve all talked about causal links and things like that but anyone with any modicum of sense and without an agenda in their mind would say that the incredibly successful vaccine programme has phenomenally reduced the deaths.”
“You only have got to look at those graphs.”
The caller added: “If you look at the lockdowns that have been done in France and other countries, none of those have had anything like the stunning effect that has happened in the UK.
“It must be down to the vaccine, there can’t be any question to that.”
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The furious caller went on to suggest the comments from Boris Johnson were of a political nature in order to praise the government’s decision to plunge the U.K. into lockdown.
He said: “Is Boris saying that our lockdown was so successfully managed? That’s what he’s saying.”
The caller added: “And he’s saying those French and those Germans who are having their lockdowns they’re just not very good at their lockdowns.
“But we are so good at it.”
Boris Johnson says low figures are due to lockdown
Speaking in Downing Street on Tuesday, Boris Johnson said as lockdown restrictions ease there would “inevitably” be an increase in the number of cases.
Mr Johnson warned the decrease was due to the strict lockdown measures implemented in January rather than the rapid deployment of the coronavirus vaccines.
The PM said: “Of course the vaccination programme has helped, but the bulk of the work in reducing the disease has been done by the lockdown.”
His comments come despite daily infections plummeting from a peak of 68,000 in January to under 4,000 each day so far this month.
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Deaths have also dropped from a figure of over 1,000 a day to a daily average of 34 over the past week.
More than 32 million Britons have received a first coronavirus vaccine so far, more than 60 percent of all UK adults.
But the news comes as a cluster of cases of the South African coronavirus variant have been discovered in the Wandsworth and Lambeth boroughs of London this week, with surge testing rolled out to residents to try and stop the spread.
There have been around 44 confirmed cases of the variant, and a further 30 suspected cases that have been found in the boroughs and residents have been urged to get a coronavirus test even if they do not have symptoms.
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