The UK could be on the brink of an extreme lockdown as Boris Johnson’s Cabinet ministers are proposing a French-style “permission slip rule.”
As Britons are still flouting the lockdown and social distancing measures a Cabinet minister wants a French-style “permission slip policy” to implement extreme lockdown measures.
The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson told the BBC’s Chris Mason that divisions in the cabinet are mounting since Johnson has been in hospital.
Speaking to Mason on the BBC’s World at One Nelson said, “The cabinet is split into three groups for the lockdowns.
“One group thought the lockdown should be tightened. One cabinet minister even proposed following France in asking people to carry documents with them when they go outside.”
The French authorities imposed strict measures for their citizens, every time they leave their front door, they need to fill out a permission slip.
People can be fined by the police who are patrolling the streets anything from £120 and £175 if they do not have the correct documentation.
Nelson wrote in the Telegraph, “Some think the lockdown is, if anything, too lax. One minister has even proposed adopting a French-style system, demanding that no one steps outside without papers authorising them to do so.
“Then we have those who think the cure is already worse than the disease and want to phase out lockdown at the earliest opportunity.
“Then a third group, who think it doesn’t matter what government thinks.
“Public opinion, they argue, led us into the lockdown so only public opinion can lead us out.
“The trick is to be ready to seize the moment when it comes.”
France currently has 125,931 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 13,215 deaths, with 25,195 people have fully recovered.
The Heath Secretary, Matt Hancock warned on Saturday that the UK has not reached the peak, therefore, there will be no easing of the lockdown measures.
The total UK deaths now stands at 9,875 and according to a medical expert the death toll is likely to surpass 10,000 on Easter Sunday.
A total of 823 new cases were recorded in England, NHS England said the patients were aged between 11 and 102-years old.
Out of the victims 33 who had no known underlying health conditions, were aged between 29 and 94-years old.
The Department of Health said, “As of 9am 11 April, 334,974 tests have concluded, with 18,091 tests on 10 April. 269,598 people have been tested of which 78,991 tested positive”
But these figures do not include those who die in care homes and in the community, meaning “we really don’t know the full picture,” he told Sky News.