He said that while lockdowns were used by many countries earlier this year to “relieve” health systems, they shouldn’t be the main response in reducing cases now.
“This virus is not going to go away,” he said. “The only way to get rid of it is to find the people with the disease and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them, and then protect those most at risk.
“We have to find a better way to fight this virus, so why can’t Western Europe? ”
Dr Nabarro said he doesn’t think “the UK should see it bottom of the rankings” in terms of dealing with the pandemic, given that it has “some of the best specialists in the field. public health “.
“I would like to suggest that decision makers actually solve these problems,” he said, referring to the Test and Trace system.
In a call to ministers, he added: “Could you at least spend some time thinking about ways to get around this problem? “