Iain Duncan Smith: Lockdown could do more damage than coronavirus

Monday, June 8, 2020

Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has warned against the economic impacts of maintaining the UK’s coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the former party leader said: “We have to come out of this lockdown.

“This lockdown will, if you’re not careful, do more damage even than coronavirus has done because, the problem is, while we’re attacking coronavirus, it isn’t the only issue that confronts us.

“When businesses go bust and people fall unemployed, their prospects crash with them…we need to think about how that will affect people in the lowest income groups.”

Strict social distancing and movement restrictions were enforced in Britain 11 weeks ago to slow the spread of Covid-19 and prevent the virus from overwhelming the NHS.

The government has taken tentative steps to reopen the economy by allowing some sectors back to work, though industries such as travel and hospitality remain largely closed.

Boris Johnson will update Cabinet members this week on the next steps to ease lockdown measures.

According to the government, provided the statistics support it, some non-essential retailers will be able to reopen from June 15, as well as places of worship (for private prayer only) and certain secondary school year groups.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has urged the government to ensure an effective test and trace strategy is fully operational as measures are eased.

He tweeted: “This virus hasn’t gone away & there is no room for complacency.”

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