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Expert warns coronavirus will ‘spread more widely’ if Brits flout lockdown

by LLB Reporter
26th Apr 20 10:24 am

Health officials are concerned as evidence suggests Brits are beginning to become complacent of the social distancing and lockdown measures.

Mobile phone and traffic data reveal there are more of us on the roads and people are looking for directions.

The national medical director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis said on Saturday “there was a little bit of concern” as the warm weather is drawing large crowds in public spaces.

At the Downing Street press briefing Professor Powis said they have seen traffic levels down by 59% compared to February. However, traffic grew by three percentage points over the last week.

Apple released mobility data that in recent days people are searching maps for walking and driving, which has increased by eight percentage points.

Professor Powis warned, “It won’t take much for this virus to start increasing its transmission again and to spread more widely.”

He added, “It would be foolish and not right if we lost the benefits that we have gained over the last four weeks, which I know have been hard for everybody.

“So, it’s really important that despite the weather, we stay at home, we keep to the guidelines that we’ve been issued with.”

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