No end in sight: Coronavirus expect issues warning on ‘new ground zero’ for UK pandemic

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Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh Linda Bauld explained coronavirus cases are increasing because more tests are being administered, adding there is still a low number of patients in ICU with a positive test. But the health expert warned Britons will have to “live with the virus” for a long time to come. Speaking to LBC, Professor Bauld said: “One of the reasons why the cases have gone up so much is because we’re testing a lot more.

“If you look at the test positivity rate across the UK, it’s still below 1 percent and we currently have a low number of patients in ICU.

“We can protect the vulnerable. I think gradually we’re not going to see these cases eliminated even though all of us would like to.

“We will be able to do things and in Germany, they were doing experiments on getting people into live events with masks and spacing.”

She added: “We’re going to have to live with this and find ways forward in the months to come.”

It comes as academics have warned universities could become ground zero for a second wave of COVID-19 in the UK unless they avoid face-to-face teaching.

The movement of an expected one million students around Britain as they return to universities in the next month has to lead the University and College Union (UCU) to warn the Government is “encouraging a public health crisis”.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady told The Observer the mass movement “could lead to universities being the care homes of any second wave of COVID”.

She also accused the Government of a lack of planning, with more students expected on campuses following the admissions fiasco as data emerges that infection rates are increasing among younger people.

Ms Grady said: “So the very people who are increasingly getting infected by this virus are being encouraged in mass numbers to move all around the country and congregate and live together.

“It doesn’t make sense.”

The UCU wants students to avoid campuses until Christmas unless a testing scheme begins operating at universities.

Despite the warnings, demonstrators in central London descended on Trafalgar Square to protest against Government lockdown restrictions on Saturday.

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The Metropolitan Police had issued an open letter to demonstrators that advised anyone attending a gathering of more than 30 people may be at risk of committing a criminal offence.

It was handed to the demonstrators as they marched down Whitehall.

The Met wrote on Twitter: “Police officers are with a group of protesters at Whitehall.

“We have already provided the group with a letter explaining they are at risk of committing a criminal offence. We are now asking the group to disperse.”

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