Coronavirus: UK ‘too slow’ to respond to virus, preparing for second wave, expert warns

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Professor Anthony Costello has warned that the death toll in the UK could reach 40,000

Friday April 17, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Professor Anthony Costello of the Institute for Global Health at University College London told a committee of deputies that the “harsh reality” was that “we were too slow with a number of things” and that “New waves” of the disease could cause Britain to suffer. the highest death rate in Europe.

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He said, “This wave could see 40,000 dead in the end. If we want to remove the chain of transmission of this virus in the next step, we all hope that national foreclosure and social distancing will so far lead to a great crackdown on the epidemic – but we will face new waves. .

“And so we have to make sure that we have a system in place that can’t just do a number of lab tests, but that has a system at the district and community level.” “

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Business Secretary Alok Sharma speaking at the Downing Street briefing on Friday

Professor Costello, a former official with the World Health Organization, previously said that there could be up to 10 waves of viruses.

Giving evidence to the Commons Health and Welfare Committee, he warned that he “shouldn’t be blamed at this point” but that “we can make sure that in the second wave we are not too slow.”

His criticism came when the Austrian Minister of Health said that the number of new cases of Covid-19 in the UK “frightened” other EU states.

Rudolf Anschober compared the graphs representing the average daily growth of infections over the past 10 days. The data, he said, showed Austria performing best at 1.8% and Britain at 7.5%.

“This is what scares a lot of people at the European level right now, it is the figure of 7.5% in Britain,” he said. There have been 14,576 deaths from Covid-19 in the United Kingdom, with France, Spain and Italy recording higher Numbers.

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