Radio 5 Live caller takes down an anti-mask sceptic

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Caller Ina rang into BBC Radio 5 Live to share her opinions on the rising coronavirus cases in the UK and the possibility of reintroducing measures, like wearing masks, to tackle it. The caller was infuriated at the lax approach everyone in the country has taken as the pandemic is still at large and revealed she has challenged several people who she saw not wearing masks in public. But Director-General of the IEA think tank, Mark Littlewood, furiously argued against the wearing of masks in a clash with an epidemiologist with Ina wasting no time putting him in his place.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Littlewood defended people not wanting to wear masks and said if it was not mandated by law then the individual should have the right to choose.

He explained he would wear one if the law demanded he did so but would do it begrudgingly.

After clashing with an epidemiologist who argued the small measures like mask-wearing could avoid full lockdowns, Ina was invited to share her opinion after groaning through the two guests bickering.

She told the show: “I groaned because this is just deja vu.

“You have two sides arguing about life because ultimately this is what it’s about and the reason I called this morning was because I am just incensed at the consistent, selfish, irresponsible attitude of people.

“Who simply don’t give a damn about anyone else.”

Host Nicky Campbell pointed out Mr Littlewood would still wear a mask if it was the law but Ina was not impressed.

She continued: “This is people everywhere, and let me throw another spanner in the works.

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“There are not any flu injections available in my area.”

NHS chiefs have demanded a backup “Plan B” be introduced to avoid the UK entering another lockdown after coronavirus cases have surged in recent weeks. 

The Government has already laid out plans for a potential “Plan B” if hospitalisations and cases shot up over the winter months which include mask-wearing and social distancing.

More stringent and draconian measures would be further introduced should the cases not fall.

However, Government ministers have played off any notion of a full lockdown with Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng flat out denying it would happen.

Government officials are not concerned over the spike as the vaccine programme has significantly reduced hospitalisations.

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However, health chiefs are concerned the UK could be walking into a winter crisis and demands measures be taken.

Daily Covid cases over the past seven days have been higher than 40,000 with 43,738 infections reported on Tuesday.

Hospitalisations rose by 10 percent in a week to 7,749 on Monday.

Tuesday saw 223 deaths recorded which is the largest figure since March.

The Government has stated it wants to promote the booster programme and to encourage those eligible to come forward with around three million already administered to the elderly and health workers.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is hosting a press conference on Wednesday addressing concerns.

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