Coronavirus: ‘Extraordinarily risky” to lift the locking action now, warns ex-chief scientific advisor


Lifting of lock-in measures England the risk of a second wave of the sars coronavirus during the winter, a former chief scientific adviser to the government has warned.

“I think it is extremely risky,” Sir David King has said Sky News.

“If we take the long view, we know that winter is a likely period when the virus takes off again. We must, therefore, be to completely get rid of the virus from that country before winter.”

His warning came a day after Boris Johnson, has announced the most significant relaxation of the Covid-19 lock up now, to say that bars, cinemas, hairdressers and restaurants will reopen on July 4, and that the two metre rule in the west.

The unveiling of the easing of restrictions that were imposed in March, the prime minister said: “our national hibernation” was coming to an end, but its chief scientific advisor to specify the N ° 10 coronavirus press conference, the package of measures was “not without risk”.

“If we spend too fast, which is, I think, what is proposed here, the risk of running into a second wave becomes very important,” Sir David said on Wednesday.

“We have done a good job in this country, we, the public, staying at home, if only we could be a little more patient. I do not think that there is someone who can believe in from the scientific point of view, it is a wise decision.

“We really need to get the number of infections down, and we must find, test, trace, isolate and support system.

Supported on the economic impact of maintaining the lockdown, he continued: “In terms of the development of this epidemic, we went into the lock much later than all the other countries, except one or two, where the virus is taking off very roughly right now.

“The reason it takes us more time to get out of foreclosure is simply because we had a lot more infectivity rate in the population. If we follow Germany and Spain and Italy coming out of lock, not too fast, because we see out of lock, it is likely to see another wave.”

Sir David was speaking as health officials called for an urgent review to ensure the UK is ready for the “real risk” of the second wave.

In an open letter to the leaders of all the UK political parties published in the British Medical Journal, health officials call for a ” fast forecasting and assessment of the state of preparedness in the event of a new outbreak.

“While the future of the pandemic in the united KINGDOM is difficult to predict, the available data indicate that the local authorities of the frequency of the flare-ups are more likely and a second wave of a real risk,” they said.

The letter continues: “Many elements of the necessary infrastructure to contain the virus are beginning to be put in place, but significant challenges remain.

“The work is not only to deal urgently with the wide range of consequences of the first phase of the pandemic, but to ensure that the country is well prepared to contain a second phase. “


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