Covid-19 government adviser fearing another ‘Christmas of containment’ – .

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Covid-19 government adviser fearing another ‘Christmas of containment’ – .


A A prominent government adviser on Covid-19 said he was “very fearful” that there would be another “Christmas lockdown” as he urged the public to do everything possible to reduce the transmission of the virus.

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag), said the number of cases and death rates are currently “unacceptable”.

He said measures such as working from home and wearing masks are “so important” in efforts to control the spread of Covid.
The expert’s warning comes after the prime minister resisted calls from health officials for tighter restrictions despite rising levels of infections.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said this week new cases could reach 100,000 a day, but Downing Street insisted there was still spare capacity in the NHS and that Plan B would not would be activated only if it was under “significant pressure”.
We need to put these measures in place now in order to reduce transmission rates so that we can actually get together and see each other at Christmas.
Plan B includes advice on working from home and the mandatory use of face masks.
Speaking in a personal capacity, Professor Openshaw of Imperial College London told BBC Breakfast: “I am very concerned that we have another lockdown Christmas if we do not act soon.
“We know that with public health measures, the time to act is immediate. There is no point in delaying.
“If you delay, you will have to take even tougher action later. Immediacy of the response is absolutely vital if you are to get things under control.
“We all really, really want a wonderful family Christmas where we can all get together.
“If this is what we want, we have to put these measures in place now to reduce transmission rates so that we can actually come together and see each other at Christmas. “
Prof Openshaw said it was “unacceptable to let this work for now,” adding: “I think hospitals in many parts of the country are barely doing it, actually.

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