Voice of the Sunday Mirror: Act now Boris Johnson or many, many more people will die

Boris Johnson plunged England in lockdown for the third time in just 10 months last week (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Boris Johnson promised a “world-beating” response to this pandemic. We’re certainly beating most of the world on the number of deaths it has caused.

Yesterday, we passed the tragic milestone of 80,000 as the total number of lost lives rose by another 1,035.

Covid is now killing more people in Britain every day than have died after contracting the virus in Australia in a year – and scientists warn the next few weeks will be worse.

Had restrictions not been eased for Christmas and this third lockdown come sooner, the NHS might not now face being overwhelmed.

But the PM never learns from his mistakes.

The first lockdown was at least a week too late – the second, two weeks.

As our Head of Government cannot be relied on to do the right thing, it falls to our Head of State to lead by example.

The Queen has sent a powerful message that the vaccine is safe
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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And the Queen did just that yesterday when, along with Prince Philip, she gave the nation a shot in the arm by having the Covid vaccine.

In doing so, she gave a jab to the jaws of misguided anti-vaxxers sowing dangerous doubts in the public mind about its safety.

Vaccine immunity is the long-term solution. But we must recognise it is not a short-term one.

Groups now being jabbed are more likely to die from the virus but less likely to catch it.

So vaccination is doing little to stop the alarming rate of transmission or prevent the NHS from being swamped.

Only a total lockdown can do that.

Nurseries and places of worship must close, fewer pupils allowed in schools and tradespeople going in and out of homes.

We know it will be excruciatingly painful. But necessity dictates that Boris Johnson must impose tougher rules.

And he must do so now.

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