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The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) adviser Professor Susan Michie said the next fortnight would be crucial to ensure the lockdown ends next month. She warned that the public must continue to follow the stated guidelines in order to be able to spend the holiday season with their loved ones. Despite the positivity surrounding the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines, Michie insisted the news could cause the public to become complacent and thus cause an increase in cases again.

Indeed, Ms Richie, who is a professor of behavioral science at University College London, said the coup would make no difference in tackling the current wave of the virus.She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “It is too early to know. I think the next two weeks are going to be absolutely crucial.

“These two weeks are going to be very difficult, partly because of the weather, partly because I think the promise of a vaccine can make people complacent.

“But the vaccine is highly unlikely to arrive before the end of the year or the beginning of next year and it won’t make any difference for the current second wave.

“I think for the next two weeks everyone really needs to muster their determination.

“Because that will maximize the chances that in two weeks, December 2, we are in a position where we won’t have to continue the lockdown.

“And best of all, what everyone wants is to be able to spend the Christmas and winter holidays with loved ones. ”

Ms Michie also admitted that she hoped the restrictions would lead to lower transmission rates.

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Although the transmission rate may now be less than one, the study reported 37,280 cases in the UK today.

In recently released documents, SAGE also indicated that a return to a tiered system next month could lead to a surge in infection.

In a document dated November 4, the infection rate will soon reach a level seen before the lockdown began on November 5.

Mr Johnson insisted the lockdown would end at the start of December 2, but was unsure what restrictions would be in place over Christmas.



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