The whole of England could be under tier 3 measures by Christmas, as government modelling scientists shows that over 25,000 people will be in hospital by the end of November.
The Sun newspaper has said they have seen the scientific modelling, and with more than 25,000 in hospital, this is far higher than what was seen during the spring peak.
The governments scientific advisors SAGE are warning Downing Street that by December, coronavirus rates will surpass the levels seen in the North across the whole of England.
Most of the North of England are in the “very high” category and have been placed into tier 3 restrictions, with Liverpool considering the new tier 4 approach.
A government source told the newspaper, “The latest Sage numbers are utterly bleak.”
Previously Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he wants families to be able to gather for Christmas, but scientists have said this is “wishful thinking in the extreme.”
Professor John Edmunds, a member of sage, said last week, “The only way that we can have a relatively safe and normal Christmas is if we take radical action now to reduce incidence, at the very least in high incidence areas, and keep the incidence low across the country by implementing a package of measures to reduce social contacts.
“The notion that we can carry on as we are and have a Christmas that we can celebrate normally with friends and family is wishful thinking in the extreme.”
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