Responding to reports that lockdown measures are being lifted before experts are ready to reduce the level of threat from coronavirus from “high”, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:
"The measures announced yesterday to relax lockdown will have been welcomed by many, but the fact that this has happened despite the threat level of the virus remaining high will rightly cause concern. Any rushed or premature steps that do not follow the scientific advice put lives at risk.
"Furthermore, if the Government doesn't ensure that the test, trace and isolate system to keep people safe is working effectively, meeting friends, family and loved ones again could prompt a second spike. With announcements being rushed forward to try and distract from the Cummings saga, the Government is playing fast and loose with public health.
"At every stage the Liberal Democrats have been clear that the Government must listen to the experts and follow the science. Protecting public health and tackling the spread of the virus must always be the Government's number one priority – many are questioning whether this remains the case."