UK Health Minister Says People Must Learn to Live With COVID-19

© REUTERS / Henry NichollsBritain's new Health Secretary Sajid Javid holds a face mask, as he leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, June 30, 2021
Britain's new Health Secretary Sajid Javid holds a face mask, as he leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, June 30, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.01.2022
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LONDON (Sputnik) – UK Health Minister Sajid Javid on Thursday said that people in the UK must learn to live with COVID-19 in the same way they live with the flu, warning that the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 “is not going away.”
“COVID is not going away, it's going to be with us for many, many years, perhaps forever, but we need to learn to live with it,” Javid told Sky News broadcaster.
He admitted that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest challenge the UK has seen since the Second World War, with at least 150,000 people dying from the disease, but argued that people die of flu as well.
"In a bad flu year, you can sadly lose about 20,000 lives, but we don't shut down our entire country and put in place lots of restrictions to deal with it,” Javid added.
According to the health secretary, people need to continue with their lives with sensible, appropriate and proportional measures.
People walk along the South Bank, as the Houses of Parliament are seen at a distance, in London, Britain, January 16, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.01.2022
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