Britain failed to prevent THIRD infected from entering UK and spreading coronavirus, expert says


Britain has only managed to prevent a third of those infected from entering the country and spreading the coronavirus, a high-level expert has revealed.

Professor Neil Ferguson said today that Public Health England is unable to prevent two-thirds of people from spreading the disease upon their return from the world’s hotspots.

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Passengers at Heathrow were allowed to enter the UK without official controlsCredit: David New – The Sun
    Professor Neil Ferguson said Public Health England was not able to prevent everyone from spreading the diseaseseven
Professor Neil Ferguson said Public Health England is not able to stop everyone from spreading the disease

The death toll rose by 700 yesterday – the highest number since the onset of the crisis – but it is likely people who were infected weeks ago.

Professor Ferguson hoped that the death toll could be reduced to between 7,000 and 20,000 as a result of the lockdowns, which began on March 23.

Flights from China and Italy were never completely interrupted during the early stages of the pandemic, which meant that people were able to enter without control.

People continued to enter the country and were only told that they should isolate if they develop symptoms.

This compares to other countries like New Zealand and China – who forced people to isolate themselves for 14 days when they entered the country, or who checked the temperatures of everyone who entered.

Professor Ferguson said this morning on BBC Andrew Marr: “People have landed in this country and sowed it in this country …

“Public Health England has done its best to isolate, but only about a third of those infected have been arrested. “

He said the people had spread the disease across the country, and that it was probably helped by countries like Italy who saw community transmission of the virus very early.

Professor Ferguson – who helped advise the government on the measures needed to fight the virus – also revealed that HALF of the people in the intensive care units were now Covid-19 patients.

But he said that at present, the NHS is facing and will hopefully continue to face an increase in the number of cases.

The peak will arrive in the next seven to ten days before leveling off and, hopefully, starting to decrease, he confirmed.

It could be Easter Sunday, the health secretary said last week.

But all lockdowns are unlikely to be lifted until the number of cases begins to drop, said Professor Ferguson.

“There is no point in going through this effort and releasing the lockdown at a point where the number of cases is still high and will then increase even faster than we have seen before,” he added.

“We want the caseload to come to a low point where we can start to substitute other measures for the more intrusive and economical aspects of the current lockdown. “

The lifting of the measures will almost certainly include plans to massively increase testing – and go back to try to also identify cases of transmission.

Immunity certificates are also likely to be issued to people who have had the virus.

His comments came after photos of people ignoring the rules and spending their weekends lounging in the sun were revealed this weekend.

And today, the secretary of health came out to remind them that they were risking lives.

He threatened to ban outdoor exercise unless people play by the rules.


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Police on patrol in Greenwich Park, LondonCredit: London News Pictures
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Cyclists gathered at Regents Park yesterdayCredit: London News Pictures
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Police tell people to sunbathe on their way homeCredit: Alamy Live News
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Newham police called to close doors and celebrate 18th birthday party

Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today: “We have said, because of the positive physical and mental health benefits, that it is okay to exercise alone or with members of the your own household.

“But if the result is that too many people go out and flout the other rules because they say ‘well, if I can exercise, it’s good for me to do something else’, then I’m afraid that we had to act.

“If you don’t want us to take the action to ban the exercise of all forms outside the home, you must follow the rules.

“Don’t let a minority spoil it for everyone. “

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