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Experts warn lockdown must remain indefinitely to prevent second wave

by LLB Reporter
14th Apr 20 2:04 pm

On Monday evening experts warned that the UK should remain in lockdown indefinitely to prevent a second coronavirus wave.

Medical experts and scientists are urging the government not to lift the lockdown otherwise a second coronavirus wave could be even more deadly than what we are seeing now.

MPs are concerned over the collapse of the economy as thus far the lockdown has cost businesses £52.8bn in just 22 days.

The Health Secretary wants the lockdown to remain in place for at least another six weeks ideally, he wants the lockdown to stay until Spring Bank Holiday.

Dr Jeremy Rossman, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Virology, University of Kent said, “If we exit too early, we risk nullifying all of the hard work and sacrifices each one of us has put in.

“The restrictions are working, and case numbers and fatalities appear to be stabilising, but there are still a large number of active infections in the country and relaxing restrictions now could directly lead to a resurgence of Covid-19.

“A dramatic resurgence of cases could necessitate a second lockdown, which would be harder to implement and maintain.”

At Downing Streets press briefing on Monday, Dominic Raab said the UK is starting to “win this struggle.”

But Raab warned the lockdown is to remain for the foreseeable future as England has not reached the coronavirus peak.

He said, “Keep this up, we have come too far, lost too many loved ones and sacrificed too much to ease up.”

England’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned that this week is going to be “difficult.”

Sir Patrick was asked how long the plateau was expected to last, “We’d expect a much more gradual decrease [of deaths] from the peak time and a bit of a plateau… and we’d expect that to go on for two or three weeks.”

Professor James Naismith, of the University of Oxford said, “We are, I hope, approaching the peak of the first wave of Covid-19.

“But this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.”

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