Boris Johnson’s plans to ease lockdown restrictions in England has made Government scientific advisers uneasy as there are 8,000 new coronavirus infections daily. They fear that easing restrictions now could lead to a second wave.
SAGE scientist John Edmunds, a professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “We cannot relax our guard by very much at all.”
The warning was echoed by Director of the Wellcome Trust Jeremy Farrar, who also sits on the committee.
Speaking out on Twitter, he said: “COVID-19 spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England.
“I agree with John and clear science advice.
“TTI has to be in place, fully working, capable and dealing any surge immediately, locally responsive, rapid results and infection rates have to be lower, and trusted.”
Yesterday it was revealed the UK remain on level 4 of the COVID Alert system despite the Prime Minister reducing lockdown measures in England from Monday.
Mr Johnson previously said he would not relax measures until England was at level 3.
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7.35am update: Trump attacks WHO as China’s puppet as he vows to end US relationship
The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the UN agency of becoming a puppet of China.
The move to quit the Geneva-based body, which the United States formally joined in 1948, comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak.
The virus first emerged in China’s Wuhan city late last year.
Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said Chinese officials “ignored their reporting obligations” to the WHO about the virus – that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally – and pressured the agency to “mislead the world.”