The governments scientific advisors SAGE have warned Downing Street that by December, virus rates will surpass the levels seen in the North across the whole of England.
Professor Sir Mark Walport, who is the government’s former chief scientific adviser has warned around 25,000 people could be in hospital with the virus by the end of November, if infections continue to rise.
Professor Walport suggested the death toll will continue to increase as there are “many people that are vulnerable” and very few people have had coronavirus.
By Christmas the whole of England could be under strict tier 3 measures, as government modelling by scientists warns of the high hospital admissions by the end of November.
Professor Walport’s grim warning comes as there are fears the second wave could be more deadly than what happened in spring.
Scientists are warning that we need a full second national lockdown and have been urging this for weeks.
The Telegraph reported that total death from the virus now tops 61,000, as the Scientific Group for Emergencies (SAGE) projections has now led to intense lobbying from experts.
The Prime Minister’s very own chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance has and continues to call for more drastic action to be taken to save tens of thousands of lives.
A government spokeswoman said that Ministers are receiving advice “from a wide range of scientific and medical experts,” and added that the latest figures are “concerning.”
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned the rising death toll from the virus is likely to “continue for some time.”