Fears are growing that freedom could be scrapped within the coming weeks as a senior Cabinet MP told the Commons that Covid measures are being kept “under review” which could see the return of legal restrictions.
The Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi told MPs in the Commons on Thursday that the government have been left with no choice to “adapt” their “approach” in tackling Covid with the introduction of vaccination certificates.
Zahawi said the proof of having both jabs to go to large indoor events will help keep the public safe as we could be entering into the third wave.
He told MPs, “This is not a step that we take lightly.
“But, all throughout this pandemic, just like governments all across the world, whether it’s Singapore, Australia or Germany and France, we’ve had to adapt our approach to meet the threats of this deadly virus and this is no different.”
The Vaccines Minister then hinted there could be a return to legal restrictions if the NHS and hospitals are overwhelmed.
He added, “We will always keep these measures, like all our measures, under review with the goal of returning to our freedoms we love and cherish.”
Covid cases are rocketing across England since Freedom Day was declared on Monday with more than 300,000 cases in a week and many deaths, which has now caused Ministers to become more cautious.
Hospitalisations are increasing daily with 747 admitted on Wednesday and there is now a total of 4,658 patients in Covid wards.
Previously the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said that once restrictions are lifted it will be “irreversible.”