PUBS and restaurants can now reopen safely without risking a second wave of coronavirus, said a top scientist.
Sunetra Gupta, a professor at the University of Oxford, insists that there is a “strong possibility” that the hospitality industry could break out of the Covid-19 lockdown tomorrow without endangering the public.
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His request comes from the fact that bars in the United Kingdom have benefited from a relaxation of the rules allowing them to serve drinks in glasses and take-away bottles.
Photos posted on social media show that people have been drinking their first glasses of their premises since 47,000 pubs and bars were closed on March 20.
And the professor of theoretical epidemiology called for a “quick exit” from the lock because the deadly bug was “on the way out.”
In March, his team published an article claiming that up to half of Britons may already have been exposed to the virus as it had been spreading for months.
The controversial study found that the true death rate in the UK could be as low as 0.1%.
‘FRAGILE’ BLOCKING CASE
Boris Johnson announced the foreclosure of the UK in March, a few days after an Imperial University study led by Professor Neil Ferguson suggested that up to 500,000 Britons could die without action.
But Professor Gupta told Unherd that his original theory was correct, with the UK already developing a high level of “collective immunity”.
She said, “The government’s defense is that this [the Imperial College model] was a worse plausible scenario.
“I agree that it was the worst plausible case – or at least possible.
“The question is, should we act on the worst possible scenario, given the costs of foreclosure?”
“It seems to me that, given the rising costs of foreclosure, this case is becoming more and more fragile.
I think the epidemic has largely come and is disappearing in this country, so I think it would be significantly less than 1 in 1,000 and probably closer to 1 in 10,000
Professor Sunetra Gupta
“I would say that it is more likely that the pathogen arrived earlier than we think, that it had already spread widely in the population by the time the lock was put in place.
“I think there is a chance that we could have done better by doing nothing at all. “
Asked about the mortality rate from viral infection, she added, “I think the epidemic has largely come and is disappearing in this country, so I think it would certainly be less than 1 in 1,000 and probably closer to 1 in 10,000. “
The professor argues that people could have developed immunity for genetic reasons or pre-existing immunity to other coronaviruses, such as the common cold.
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Deaths from the virus have surpassed 36,000 today, with more than 250,000 Britons tested positive, but the rate of deaths and infections is dropping sharply.
Six major London hospitals reported no deaths from coronavirus within 48 hours just weeks after the capital became one of the world’s epicenters of the pandemic.
Statistics also show that London has recorded more than 100 cases of coronavirus in one day in two weeks.
The locking of Covid-19 ravaged the British hotel industry, with bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs forced to close.
This week, it was revealed that the street restaurant chains Bella Italia and Café Rouge are on the verge of collapse, endangering 6,000 jobs.
The ministers said that some sectors of the hotel industry could start to open in July, but that social distancing measures will be implemented.
The owners fear that the application of a two-meter social distance will force 80% of the 47,000 British pubs to remain closed, bankrupting the owners,
But Professor Gupta thinks that many people in the UK could have already “pushed back” the virus, paving the way for the sites to reopen.
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She said, “In almost every setting, we have seen the epidemic grow, turn around and die, almost like clockwork.
“Different countries have had different foreclosure policies, yet what we have observed is almost a pattern of consistent behavior.
“To me, that suggests that a large part of the driving force here is due to the buildup of immunity. “