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Health minister sorry for saying UK should not cower from Covid

1 month ago, 26-Jul-2021

Britains Health Secretary Sajid Javid arrives for a Service of Thanksgiving at St Pauls Cathedral in London on July 5, 2021, celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the National Health Service. – AFP photo

Britains Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Sunday apologised after he tweeted that the country need not cower in the face of coronavirus, having himself recovered from a bout of the disease.

I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society, but it was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise, he said.

His initial tweet urged please, if you havent yet, get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus, sparking criticism that he was being disrespectful to those who died from the disease in Britian.

129,000 people who died didnt cower, they fought for their lives, wrote Labour MP Yvette Cooper.

Britain is in the midst of another wave of the virus, due to the arrival of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Deaths and hospitalisations are rising, albeit at much lower rates that previous waves, mainly due to a successful vaccination drive.

For the first time in the latest wave, the weekly number of cases has also fallen, although the daily updates on which that figure is based are considered less reliable than the Office for National Statistics Survey data, which has yet to be released for the last week. – AFP

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