In a document dated September 16, they called for financial support primarily for low-paid workers, but also for middle-income groups. Food and help with medical and other supplies would also be essential, they said.
Scientists warned the government in March that people would need the money to stay home. Evidence since then has accumulated. The Corsair study, with data collected every week from March to August, showed that only 18% of people with symptoms did not come out at all.On September 20, the government announced a grant of £ 500 for low-income people who are told to self-isolate for two weeks, which is below the minimum wage, and fines of up to £ 10,000 for anyone who disobeys.
Ministers hope the measures will help reduce the number of new infections. Covid-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in England, according to several studies, with up to one in 170 people infected with coronavirus.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, based on the results of more than 127,000 participants in the past two weeks, suggest that between September 25 and October 1, around one in 240 people in the community in England had Covid-19, with around 17,200 new cases per day.
ONS figures suggest a large increase from the previous week, when around one in 470 people in the community in England were estimated to have Covid-19, with around 8,400 new infections per day.
Prevalence was highest in regions such as the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as among older adolescents and young adults, followed by high school students.
The findings coincide with the latest findings from the React 1 study, led by Imperial College London, which uses swabs from around 120,000 to 160,000 people randomly selected in England from 315 local authority areas each month to track the spread of the coronavirus.
The first results from the fifth cycle, released last week, suggest that if cases continue to increase, the rate of increase may have slowed, with an R of 1.1 and around 0.55% of the population infected.
Now, the team says analysis of data for the entire fifth cycle, based on swabs collected between September 18 and October 5, confirms that cases are still on the rise.
“We now estimate that 0.6% of the population, or 60 per 10,000, has [coronavirus] among the general population, ”said Professor Paul Elliott, author of the Imperial College London report. “Even since the previous report, things have increased further.”
Professor Steven Riley, another author of the Imperial College London work, said the latest figures confirmed there had been a slight slowdown in the rise in infections, with new data suggesting the R-value for England was now 1.16, with a doubling time. about 29 days.
Riley said the data suggested restrictions, including the “rule of six”, may have had some effect, but stressed cases were still on the rise.
“It’s a national epidemic, it continues to grow,” he said, noting that the React-1 study suggested the prevalence in England was around one in 170 people, with 45,000 new infections each. day.
The results come as the Sage revealed that his estimate of the R-figure is between 1.2 and 1.5 for England and the UK as a whole, and is above 1 in all parts of England. .
He adds that the number of new infections in the UK is increasing by 4% to 9% every day and could increase by 11% every day in the east of England.
However, the team behind the numbers warns that the lag in the data used means the numbers best represent the situation a few weeks ago.