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Covid-19: Next 2 weeks ‘vital’ for ending England lockdown

Covid-19: Next 2 weeks ‘vital’ for ending England lockdown
Publishedduration55 minutes agoimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionPubs have been forced to close as part of England's national lockdownThe next two weeks will be "absolutely crucial" if England's lockdown is to end as planned on 2 December, a government scientific adviser has said.Prof Susan Michie said the public must resist breaking the rules in order to "be…


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image caption Bars have been required to close as part of England’s nationwide lockdown

The next two weeks will be “definitely vital” if England’s lockdown is to end as planned on 2 December, a government scientific advisor has actually stated.

Prof Susan Michie said the general public need to resist breaking the guidelines in order to “remain in a position” to invest the joyful duration with liked ones.

News of a possible vaccine would make “no distinction” to the present wave but might lead to complacency, she included.

Prof Michie, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), informed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was prematurely to understand what need to replace the measures when they end, with the coming fortnight being key.

She stated: “They’re going to be a really difficult two weeks, partly because of the weather, partially because, I think, the guarantee of a vaccine may be making people feel complacent.”

However she stated information showed adherence to lockdown rules had actually been “pretty consistent because the summertime”.

It comes as the UK recorded an additional 26,860 Covid cases on Saturday, together with 462 deaths within 28 days of favorable test.

Clubs, bars and dining establishments along with non-essential shops have been required to close during the four-week lockdown in England.

Boris Johnson has previously firmly insisted the procedures will end as set up but Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has stated measures could last beyond 2 December

Prof Michie stated people had to “get their resolve together” and resist any desire to break the rules, in order to maximise the chance of leaving lockdown.

However, she said she was “rather hopeful” after hard steps in Wales and Northern Ireland brought transmission rates down.

Wales completed its 17- day firebreak lockdown constraints on Monday. Much of Northern Ireland’s economy was placed under tight measures on 16 October.

Scotland presented a four-tier system on 2 November after ending national curbs on the hospitality industry. Areas in the west of Scotland have actually been cautioned they may be placed under the greatest level of constraints next week.

It comes after files launched by Sage on Friday, and dated 4 November, cautioned that a go back to the tiered system of coronavirus restrictions in England after lockdown ends might see infections rise again.

On Friday, Sage stated that the R number – the rate at which the infection spreads out – for the UK had fallen to 1-1.2, with specialists believing it is currently below 1 in some locations.

If the R number is lower than one then the disease will eventually stop spreading out

Dame Anne Johnson, teacher of epidemiology at University College London, stated the evidence suggested tier three limitations had brought the R value down but it was not clear if they would get it under 1.

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