United Kingdom medical advisor: COVID cases could rise exponentially

United Kingdom medical advisor: COVID cases could rise exponentially

More: Your verdict on second coronavirus lockdown for Norfolk Another 3,899 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom were announced on Sunday, while a further 18 people died within 28 days of testing positive, bringing the United Kingdom total to 41,777.

It is understood tough new restrictions could be imposed on nearly nine million people living in London in just days as Mayor Sadiq Khan claimed it was better to "move too early than too late" as Covid-19 cases begin to rise in the region.

"If that continues unabated and this grows, doubling every seven days ... if that continued, you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October per day.

And at the moment, that is the path that we are clearly on, and if we do not change course, then we're going to find ourselves in a very hard problem".

The scientist said less than 8% of the population had been infected, adding that antibodies faded over time, with cases of people becoming reinfected.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the restrictions would be different from last time. The government wants to crack down on socializing, but schools and many workplaces will stay open.

"The third one, and in many ways the most hard, is that we have to break unnecessary links between households because that is the way in which this virus is transmitted", he said.

Asked about Christmas and if people would be able to hug their relatives, he said he wanted it to be as normal as possible.

"If this runs out of control now, then we'll have to take heavier measures in the future".

Weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases in England

Ministers were reported to be split on how far any new restrictions should go.

"There are various reasons for why the figures are going up like this".

"Could that increase be due to increased testing?" Also, the message doesn't seem to be getting across in some parts of the country.

"If people have symptoms they must self-isolate, this means they are taking a big step forward on behalf of society in the fight against the virus". "The message is simple: the virus has not changed in ability and propensity to cause disease and to cause deaths", he said.

The Nightingale hospitals were set up to expand the number of intensive care beds and mechanical ventilators available to be used to treat the sickest patients. - The government this week tightened restrictions on socialising because of a surge in coronavirus cases, and imposed local lockdowns across swathes of the country.

Vallance said that despite low levels of immunity in the population, the "vast majority of people" are "still susceptible to infection", estimating that eight percent of people have been infected.

One of the greatest impacts which Brits have already begun to see the consequences of is the massive economic damage wrought by overly-strict lockdown restrictions.

Efforts to stem Europe's fastest coronavirus spread in some of Madrid's working-class neighbourhoods brought a heated debate about the prevalence of inequality in Spain back into the spotlight on Monday.

He said a number of candidates have shown they can generate an immune response that ought to be protective.

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