Scientists informing the government want a two-week national lockdown next month to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, it has been reported.
Experts have suggested a mid-term October lockdown before the virus “breaks the NHS,” reports the Financial Times.
It comes after the government downplayed reports that Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is pushing for a new fortnightly lockdown with fears cases will reach 38,000 a day.
Up to 10 million Britons have already been plunged into new local lockdowns in parts of the UK.
Boris Johnson’s government is now desperate to stop the UK from plunging into yet another full-scale shutdown as Covid-19 cases explode.
Shocking figures released last week by Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori show the number of cases of the deadly virus is doubling every seven to eight days in England.
FEARS OF LOCKDOWN OCTOBER
And the R-rate – which shows the number of people, on average, to whom an infected person will pass the virus – climbed to 1.7.
Warning, a second national lockout would be “disastrous”, the Prime Minister said on Wednesday: “I do not want a second national lockout.
“I think that would be completely wrong for this country and we are going to do everything in our power to prevent it. ”
Downing Street wants to avoid closing schools again after reopening them completely in the past few weeks after the March lockdown.
A SAGE scientist told the FT: “As schools will be closed for a week mid-term, adding an extra week will have limited impact on education.”
The body confirmed the body looked at an October lockdown and said if the current R number continues it will ‘break the NHS’.
And they admitted Britain’s test and trace system ‘cracked at the seams’
Another expert, a member of the government’s Pandemic Influenza Modeling Science Group (SPI-M), confirmed that they too have considered the option of a two-week shutdown next month.
UK coronavirus cases increased by 3,395 yesterday with 21 more deaths – as testing shortages hit across the country.
The British have struggled to make appointments to get tested due to a backlog of around 240,000 samples.
Dozens of coronavirus hotspots have emerged across large parts of the country in recent weeks, as cases rise and infection rates rise.
As a result, several regions – including Greater Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester – have been plunged into lockdown or have had restrictions imposed that limit household mixing and curfews.
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Today, the Northeast has become the latest region to be slapped with new, stricter rules, with households banned from mixing, 10 p.m. curfews imposed, and restaurants and cafes limited to offering service to table only.
Merseyside and Lancashire – with the exception of Blackpool – are also expected to be hit with a North East type lockdown, it emerged.
London has also seen an increase in case rates in at least 30 boroughs.