The Conservative MP told Channel 4 News that it was a mistake to leave the Nightingale hospitals empty during the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic. The former Brexit Secretary stated people who test positive for COVID-19 should not isolate at home where there is a risk they could infect their family and local supermarket.
Mr Davis said: “I fear so far they have taken the wrong strategy.
“Over the course of the first stage of the crisis, we quite rightly and very effectively created the Nightingale hospitals, but they stood empty.
“The equivalent happening in other countries such as South Korea and Germany, they were using their hospitals to isolate people who got the disease.
“Instead, we are telling them to stay at home which means stay at home and infect your family, maybe infect the supermarket system when you go and do your shopping.
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“A proper isolation strategy has got to try and stop the disease.
“Lockdowns may have slowed it down, but it was only stopped by the summer.
“We can’t have that the economy can’t stand effectively being locked down for six months which is why we have got to have a new eradication strategy.”
At the time of writing, Britain has the ninth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
Worldwide there have been more than 46,000,000 COVID-19 cases.
The death toll has reached more than 1,200,000 at the time of writing.
More than 33,000,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.
The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 9,400,000 confirmed cases.