A GOVERNMENT adviser said the coronavirus is a “nasty infection” that “just pushes deaths forward by weeks.”
Prominent sociology professor Robert Dingwall called for a “sense of proportion” to the virus which has claimed more than 46,000 lives in the UK.
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Professor Dingwall is based in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University and is a member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (NERVTAG), which reports to SAGE.
Writing in the Daily Express today, Professor Dingwall said the figures suggest that around 80% of coronavirus victims are already suffering from serious health problems.
He wrote: ‘Covid-19 has been linked to around 50,000 deaths in the first 16 weeks of the UK pandemic – but around 1,000 people normally die each week.
“In the past five weeks, fewer than usual have died. Covid-19 has simply pushed deaths forward by weeks or months. ”
He added: “Six months after the start of this pandemic, we have learned that it will not erase human life on this planet.
It’s a nasty infection, and each death represents someone loved by someone. But it’s time to have a sense of proportion
Sir Robert Dingwall
“It’s a nasty infection and every death represents someone someone loves. But it’s time to have a sense of proportion.
“While some people get seriously ill and a few die, most ignore the shoulders. ”
Professor Dingwall also had strong words for government science advisers, calling them a “narrow-minded science elite” and saying the foreclosure restrictions risked “wiping out” the economy.
Professor Dingwall previously called for the repeal of the two-meter social distancing rule to help struggling businesses – saying the risk of catching coronavirus from even one meter was “very low.”
In May, he also attacked the government’s coronavirus message, telling the Daily Telegraph that he had “effectively terrorized the population into believing it is a disease that is going to kill you.”
It comes as Downing Street has been forced to curb plans to further ease foreclosure restrictions following a worrying increase in cases.
Some 4.5 million Britons in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire have seen restrictions reintroduced after a spike in infections – with people banned from meeting different households inside.
Boris Johnson is also said to be planning to burst the ‘bubble’ system that allows separated households to come together under one roof.
Science advisers told the prime minister that too much mixing between family groups was the main cause of an alarming rise in infections.
And it’s also possible that under new rules millions of people over 50 could be told to stay at home as part of measures to prevent another nationwide lockdown.
Britons aged 50 to 70 could be assigned personalized risk assessments, which would add to the 2.2 million people who protected during the spring peak, reports the Sunday Times.
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The prime minister, meanwhile, also urged the public not to be complacent as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
He told a press conference on Thursday: “With these numbers climbing, our assessment is that we should now step on that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.
“We have to stay focused and we cannot be complacent. “