A key scientific advisor to the government of the united KINGDOM in the coronavirus response has warned that Bradford and Doncaster are “clearly of concern” for possible local outbreaks, with high rates of Covid-19.
Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, told the BBC: “It’s inevitable, we’ll [have further local outbreaks]we are to relax locking rules, and this means that the contacts of the population are going up and that is a very variable process.”
When asked about Bradford and Doncaster, he said: “these are areas where they are not as high as Leicester, but they have some of the highest numbers of cases per 100 000 of the population, which is the relevant measure, then they are clearly of concern. “
Professor Ferguson has also said that it ” is not really a great distinction between the second wave and these local clusters “.
“A second national wave is just an agglomeration of small outbreaks… merged across the country,” he said.
“This is exactly what we want to avoid, by the desire to stifle these small outbreaks when they are just sparks. “