Coronavirus: Pandemic ‘Critical Point’ As UK Infection Rate Goes In The Wrong Direction, Says Chief Medical Officer | UK News


England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has warned that the rate of COVID-19 infections in the UK “is heading in the wrong direction”.

On Monday, Professor Whitty and Chief Science Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance will present a televised briefing on the latest coronavirus data.

According to Downing Street, they will explain how the coronavirus is currently spreading and offers “potential scenarios” for the coming months.

They will not be joined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson or any member of the cabinet and will not answer journalists’ questions.

In a statement leading up to the briefing, Professor Whitty said the country was at “a critical point in the pandemic”.

“We are looking at the data to see how to handle the spread of the virus before a very difficult winter period,” he added.

He comes as the health secretary warned the country was at a ‘tipping point’ where “more restrictive measures” could be introduced to slow the spread COVID-19[feminine[feminine.

In an interview on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Matt Hancock said that “people have become more relaxed during the summer” but “now is the time when everyone has to come back” to following the rules.

Is the UK ready for another lockdown?

He said he was “worried” that too many people were breaking the self-isolation guidelines, leading the government to make it illegal in England.

When asked if he would report on his neighbors for breaking any of the COVID-19 emergency laws, Mr Hancock replied: ‘Yes – and everyone should… Everyone has a role to play in that. “

Shoppers, some wearing face masks or blankets, walk past an electronic billboard displaying a UK government advertisement advising the public to take precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, in Newcastle city center, North East England, September 17, 2020 The UK government on Thursday announced new restrictions for North East England, the latest region to see an increase in coronavirus cases as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of a

The country has reached a ‘tipping point’

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said ministers had “lost control of the testing system”.

He told Sophy Ridge: “If I were the Prime Minister I would apologize for the fact that the tests are everywhere and instead of using summer to prepare for fall, which we said should happen, we’re in that position just when we need testing to be at its best, it’s almost a meltdown. ”

One option that ministers are considering is a brief two-week lockdown that would result in additional rules regarding interactions with households and restrictions in the hospitality and leisure sectors, but without involving the closure of schools.

Described as a ‘blackout’, the aim would be to impose tighter restrictions across England to brake the transmission chain before it accelerates further.

A woman handing out brochures promoting the new NHS Covid-19 app in Liverpool.
Another lockout has been described as a “blackout”

But Professor Carl Heneghan, of the Center for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, questioned whether the time is right for further restrictions.

“As we look at the data, COVID operates seasonally,” he told Sophy Ridge. “What we need to do now is slow down. It’s a long winter, ”he added.

Professor Carl Heneghan says there is no evidence of second wave of coronavirus

A new lockdown “should take place in winter”

Professor Heneghan continued, “We need it in the middle of winter, when we might have problems… it would be more explainable to people why we are doing it at the time, there is no evidence yet. of what is called a ‘second wave’.

“We cannot afford to take tough measures now because the impact on the economy will be significant.

“If we’re going now, it’s too early. ”

The government is also facing resistance from some senior Conservative MPs who are threatening to rebel against further restrictions if they are not subjected to further parliamentary scrutiny.

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Meanwhile, there have been 3,899 more lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK in the last 24-hour period. A total of 394,257 cases have been confirmed.

The government also said 18 more people died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19. This brings the UK total to 41,777.


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