“ICE rinks could be used to store dead bodies,” this is apparently the sentence that sparked Boris Johnson to announce a second UK lockdown.
The Prime Minister announced the shutdown despite fighting what he described as a “valiant battle” to avoid the subsequent decision after he was reportedly told by NHS Sir Simon Stevens that ice rinks could be used as mortuaries for Covid-19 victims.
The startling revelation to the PM may not have been the only deciding factor as outbreaks of the virus have been on the rise across the country and the pressure has been mounting for a decision to be made, even with the potential of an economic disaster for the country.
According to reports, Sir Stevens told Mr. Johnson that he could not ignore predictions that a second wave has the potential to be “twice as bad as the first”, which could see up to 85,000 deaths this winter meaning that ice rinks could actually be used to store dead covid bodies.
One aide told the Mail on Sunday, that Boris Johnson was “told how many hospitalisations were already baked-in to the projections due to the steep rise in infections.”
Talking about the current high rate of infections, the aide reportedly said that “hospitals could quickly become overwhelmed and the death toll could soar to 4,000 a day by Christmas.”
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