Medical experts are reportedly pushing for a two-week national lockdown as coronavirus cases across the UK are starting to soar.
Anthony Costello, who sits on the independent SAGE panel, claimed yesterday evening that chief medical officer Chris Whitty is pushing for the strict national measures as there are fears infection numbers could be as high as 38,000 per day.
The former World Health Organisation director tweeted: ‘I’m hearing from a well-connected person that Government now thinks, in absence of testing, there are 38,000 infections per day.
‘Chris Whitty is advising PM for a two-week national lockdown.’
But the message appears to be muddled, with health minister Edward Argar playing down the reports.
‘It is not something I have seen within the department,’ he told Sky News.
‘The Prime Minister has been very clear on this. He doesn’t want to see another national lockdown. He wants to see people abiding by the regulations and making the local lockdowns work.’
With further lockdown measures expected to be announced in North East England later today, Mr Argar said the region was seeing a spike in cases similar to that in the North West.
‘The number of tests conducted per day has gone up from 210,000 last week to 240,000 this week.
‘In other words we are delivering exactly what we said we would do. What is happening is that the British people quite understandably are responding to that system with a huge, huge surge in demand, and so it’s very important that everybody follows the guidance about when they should be getting a test.’
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