Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

for Streatham (and parts of Balham, Clapham Common, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill)

Press Release – Streatham MP Calls for Lockdown, Asks Community to “Take The Lead”

Mar 23, 2020 | Press Releases

Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy has criticised Government Covid-19 containment measures to-date, speaking out in support of implementing a lockdown policy.

Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Member of Parliament for Streatham, said:

We need a lockdown yesterday. Since last week, it’s been apparent that the Government’s decision to adopt its ‘herd immunity’ strategy and ignore WHO Coronavirus advice on testing and social distancing have put us on a worse disease trajectory than Italy. More delays will only have even deadlier consequences, so we need to have a lockdown now.

“The absence of containment measures has been compounded by confusing communication and other illogical policy choices – like opting to reduce public transport services without issuing clear closure instructions to non-essential businesses.

“As things stand, this dithering means our death rate is set to rise faster and higher than Italy’s. We cannot wait for the Government to show real leadership on this. That’s why I’m calling on Streatham to take the lead, starting with staying at home.”

Ends 

Notes: 

  1. ‘Coronavirus: Deaths rising faster in UK than Italy’, The Telegraph (23/03/2020) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/23/coronavirus-deaths-italy-rising-faster-uk 

For further information about this press release, please contact Ollie Collard, Communications Officer, Office of Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP at oliver.collard@parliament.uk or on 07918110617.