Dr Hilary Jones said “half measures don’t control the virus” as he warned that it is “only a matter of time” before the UK enters a second lockdown. Boris Johnson introduced a regional lockdown Tiers to avoid another national lockdown but coronavirus cases are continuing to rise. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary said: “We’ve got this dilemma, haven’t we?
“Do we put the interests of health of the population first or do we take into consideration the economy and we balance what we do.
“The problem with the coronavirus is if you only instigate half measures you don’t control the virus at all and we would be in exactly the same place further down the line.
“It’s a really difficult decision for government to make.
“However we’re seeing larger numbers of cases, we’re seeing greater hospitalisations, ICUs are getting busy.
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“Let’s not forget the 630 healthcare workers who lost their lives at the beginning of this year fighting the coronavirus and looking after patients.
“We still have to remember to still protect the NHS so it can go on doing all the other things it does.”
Asked whether it is “only a matter of time” before the UK goes into another lockdown, he said: “I’m afraid it is because we’re not adequately and quickly enough controlling the numbers of cases, they’re still rising.
“We’ve put some areas into Tier three and the situation would be worse if we hadn’t done that.
Researchers say they are detecting early signs areas that previously had low rates of infection are following trends observed in the country’s worst-affected regions.
They add that there has to be change before Christmas, and if more stringent measures are to be implemented, it needs to be sooner rather than later as the current measures are “not sufficient”.
The interim data from round six of the React study uses data and swab results from 86,000 people between October 16-25, and estimates there are around 96,000 new infections per day.
According to the study, the overall prevalence of infection in the community in England was 1.28 percent – or 128 people per 10,000, up from 60 per 10,000 in the previous round which took place between September 18 and October 5.