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Expert warns fourth wave could ‘easily take off again’

8th Mar 21 5:34 pm

An expert has warned the public have been warned that a fourth wave of the virus “could easily take off again” as lockdown restrictions are being eased.

If caution is not followed in the coming weeks, then the UK could see a fresh wave of infections, Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer has warned.

Dr Harries said the data showing cases have now fallen below 100 per 100,000 population, is a “pleasing picture, but one which I think has some caution attached to it.”

She told a Downing Street press briefing, “But it’s not uniformly across the country so it’s really important that we continue to practice social distancing, hands, face and space as the PM has said and continue to observe all of our handwashing as well.”

Dr Harries added, “You can see that the rate is back now about where it was in the end of September.

“So still quite a high level. “This is a level which a new wave could easily take off again from and we need to persist with all of those actions.”

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