London (Reuters) – The UK government needs to introduce strict coronavirus lockdown regulations to prevent a fresh wave of deaths from a new strain of the disease, a leading epidemiologist and government advisor warned on Tuesday.
The UK reported 41,385 new COVID cases on Monday, the highest number since testing became widely available in mid-2020, and English hospitals say they have more COVIDs than the first wave of epidemics in April. Are patients.
Andrew Hayward, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London, said, “We are entering a very dangerous new phase of the epidemic, and we need devastating national action in January and February.”
More than 71,000 people have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for the disease.
Hayward, who sits in the British government’s advisory body on respiratory diseases, said those infected with the new strain of COVID more easily meant that the current lockdown measures in England were not enough to slow the spread of the disease.
On 26 December the UK government extended the strictest level of COVID restrictions, under which non-essential retailers are closed and people cannot meet most of the person to cover almost half of England’s population.
Hayward told the BBC that these curses needed to be carried forward.
“We’re really seeing a situation, where we’re going into near-lockdown,” he said.
Schools in England are due to reopen for many pupils on January. 4. Hayward stated that from a purely epidemiological point of view it makes sense to keep them locked up for a long time, but poor students experiencing difficulties in online studies are banned in other areas of public life. can improve.
Authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland formulated their policies on schools and took measures to counter COVID.
(Reporting by David Milliken, Editing by Paul Sandals)
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