England’s chief medical officer to the British government Professor Chris Whitty warned on Friday that “we have reached the limits of opening up society.”
He further warned that England is on the “outer edge of what we can do,” in reopening up society, and added, that trade offs will most likely happen in the near future, that “if we want other areas reopened, we will have to restrict others.”
Professor Whitty told journalists at a Downing Street conference, “The idea that we can open up everything and keep the virus under control is clearly wrong.”
He added, “If people increase the number of people they meet, the virus rate will increase inevitably.
“Every society is having to test how fast we can open up.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also warned on Friday that lockdown easing has immediately been put on hold as coronavirus cases are slightly rising in England.
Speaking from Downing Street Johnson addressed the nation and said that we are not ready to ease any further lockdown measures from tomorrow [Saturday].
Johnson added, “I’ve consistently warned that this virus could come back and that we would not hesitate to take swift and decisive action as required.
“I’m afraid that in parts of Asia and in Latin America, the virus is gathering pace and some of our European friends are also struggling to keep it under control.
“As we see these rises around the world, we can’t fool ourselves that we are exempt.
“We must be willing to react to the first signs of trouble.”