Responding to an open letter published in the British Medical Journal from health leaders calling for an urgent review to determine whether the UK is properly prepared for the "real risk" of a second wave of coronavirus, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"We agree with the health leaders' request for a review on lifting lockdown. Yesterday Boris Johnson announced a dramatic shift away from lockdown, despite the fact that we still lack an effective system to test, trace and isolate that is essential to keep people safe.
"With no cure and no vaccine for COVID-19, the risk of a second wave is very real. Given that the Conservative Government failed to secure adequate protective equipment or ramp up testing capacity at the start of this crisis, Ministers must act now to guarantee that we are ready to meet new surges.
"The Government must be absolutely clear about what action is being taken and how lockdown measures will be reimposed to contain local flare ups. The Prime Minister must also commit to an independent inquiry to ensure we learn the lessons from the first phase of this crisis."