Coronavirus: UK “on the razor’s edge” before the relaxation of the lock, warns a scientist

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The UK remains “on the edge” and must act “reasonably” over the summer months to stop a second wave of coronavirus, a scientist warned.

Sir Jeremy Farrar said he was “worried” about an increase in the number of cases before the reopening of pubs and restaurants next month.

Interior Minister Priti Patel said people should be “conscientious” about the risk of a second wave.

She said the city of Leicester could face a local lockout after an increase in cases.

Sir Jeremy, a member of the government’s science emergency advisory group (Sage) and director of the Wellcome Trust, has warned that there may be a “very bad rebound” in the winter.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “We are on the edge, the situation is very precarious, especially in England at the moment, and I anticipate that we will see an increase in the number of new cases in the next few years. next weeks. “

The warning comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a major easing of England’s lockdown restrictions to help reopen the economy. Pubs, restaurants, hotels and many other businesses will welcome customers again from July 4.

The foreclosure measures of each British nation differ, including varying rules on the reopening of food and beverage stores.

In Scotland, breweries and open-air restaurants will be allowed to reopen from July 6 and indoor spaces will be available from July 15. Pubs and restaurants in Northern Ireland can open from July 3.

The Welsh government has promised talks with the hotel industry on a “potential gradual” reopening, but no date has yet been given.

PM’s economic recovery plan

Asked about the concerns raised by Sir Jeremy, the Minister of the Interior told the BBC that “nothing would be more damaging to our country and to our economy” than a second spike in virus cases, adding that the plans for the government to relax the measures were “pragmatic and responsible”.

Earlier, the Prime Minister told the Mail on Sunday that if the virus were a “lightning bolt”, the United Kingdom is on the verge of “thunderbolt from the economic consequences”.

Johnson commented as he outlined his plans for an economic recovery after the foreclosure – which will include a new task force to examine the accelerated construction of hospitals, schools and roads.

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There have been concerns about rallies in the UK during this week’s heat wave, including illegal street parties in London, Manchester and Cardiff, crowded beaches and Liverpool FC fans participating in mass celebrations.

But Ms. Patel encouraged people to go to pubs when they reopen, while urging customers to “be responsible” and follow advice on social distancing and hygiene.

The Home Secretary also told Andrew Marr that the government plans to impose a localized lockout in Leicester after 658 new cases were registered in the two weeks leading up to June 16.

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Media captionInterior Minister Priti Patel: “It is right that we have a local solution”

She said she had spoken to health secretary Matt Hancock about the possibility of setting up a local lock, and said “extra support” would go to the area.

But city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said there was “no immediate prospect” of a lockup, adding that test data was still being analyzed.

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