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Government's proposal to repeal self-isolation laws will result in more suffering and death, campaigners warn

THE government’s reckless proposal to repeal self-isolation laws will result in yet more suffering and death, the Zero Covid UK campaign warned today.

The group accused ministers of being in a state of denial as they discuss the possibility that Plan B measures could be reduced next week.

In a statement, Zero Covid UK said: “Far from relaxing the regulations, the government should be doing more to manage the pandemic and protect people, especially those whose livelihoods and health have been affected.

“[Prime Minister] Boris Johnson should not be appeasing his libertarian backbenchers by relaxing these regulations.

“His duty is to the people of this country. He has already presided over around 175,000 preventable deaths.

“He and his government should be doing all they can to save lives. They should not be burying their heads in the sand.”

Zero Covid UK called for Britain to change its approach to the pandemic, including by extending the self-isolation period and raising statutory sick pay to a “realistic level.”

The group also demanded that testing and contact tracing be brought back into the public sector to make it more accountable and efficient.

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