Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar who is a member of the governments advisory group Sage, has warned that the coming weeks are “absolutely critical” in containing the spread of coronavirus
Professor Farrar who is the Wellcome Trust director believes that the UK is currently two to four weeks behind Europe, which has been the case since the start of the pandemic.
Speaking at a Wellcome media briefing, he said: “I think that community transmission is going to increase over the coming weeks.
“And with that this new phase, the next six weeks are going to be absolutely critical.
“And the really important question is whether we can contain the community transmission, which will increase.”
He added, “Yes the elderly, people from BAME backgrounds and whether it’s allowed to get into hospital transmission and indeed into care homes.
“That’s got to be the focus. The community transmission will go on. It’s whether we can prevent that coming across into other more vulnerable populations in the future.
“And nobody should be under an illusion this infection is going away, this is now a human endemic infection.”