Covid cases could hit 50,000 a day by October – is lockdown coming back?

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Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance today addressed the nation on the current spike in coronavirus cases, and the data on projected cases made for shocking reading. One graph showed Britain could be facing 50,000 new Covid-19 cases a day by mid-October. This could lead to 200 deaths a day a month later if the current rate of infection is not halted, the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has warned.

Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick today gave an update on the latest coronavirus data, and warned the crucial stage at which the UK is at in regards to the pandemic. 

Sir Patrick said cases were increasing by 6,000 per day, and deaths and hospitalizations are also climbing.

In a presentation of the latest coronavirus data, the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick said: “The way that we reduce the spread is by limiting our number of contacts, by reducing contact in environments where spread is more likely – those are crowded environments, indoor environments, poor ventilation – and making sure that we reduce the probability of coming into contact with anyone who is infectious.

“And that’s the importance of self-isolation, keeping out of circulation if you have, or may have, the virus.”

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Is lockdown coming back?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been desperate to avoid another nationwide lockdown amid concerns about the economic damage it will inflict just as activity was beginning to pick up again.

However, as of Tuesday, approximately 13.5 million people across the UK will under some form of local restrictions.

This includes curfews of 10pm for pubs and restaurants, as the Government tries to get a grasp on the virus.

One of the measures being discussed by ministers is a temporary two-week “circuit break”, with tighter restrictions across England in an attempt to break the chain of transmission.

As yet no national lockdown measures have been announced, but a further press conference from the Prime Minister is expected this week. 

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