A government scientific advisor has given a grim warning that unless there is a tougher lockdown there will “be many avoidable deaths,” which will “hit the economy harder.”
Professor Peter Horby, chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), warned that that we are “now we’re in a situation where everything that was risky in the past is now more risky so we are going to have to be very, very strict about the measures.
“Whether the current restrictions are enough, I think it remains to be seen.
“It will be a week or two before it becomes clear.
Professor Susan Michie who is an independent adviser to SAGE, warned that the government must introduce tougher restrictions as England is seeing higher transmission.
Speaking to BBC Radio Oxford she said, “We’ve got higher transmission, the NHS collapsing in effect, and colder weather which means that the virus lasts longer and people spend more time indoors,” she said.
“So if you put all of these things together it means that to get out of the pandemic level that we’re now in we need greater, not fewer, restrictions.”
Professor Michie added, “it’s going to take a lot longer to get out of the pandemic, there’ll be many avoidable deaths and it will hit the economy harder.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to tighten England’s lockdown restrictions and follow the lead of other European countries.