Science advisors and experts warn of darker Covid-19 days ahead as cases continue to increase across the country amid testing shortages.
They have urged the government to take urgent and serious measures to control the second wave of coronavirus infections. The numbers of infections have been doubling every week prompting fears that the infections could increase to as many as 49,000 a day by mid-October.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has warned that an increase in infections could soon lead to a rise in deaths.
Whitty also said that if measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus are not balanced against the impact on the economy it could lead to an increase in deprivation and mental illness which could also lead to deaths.
“Ministers making decisions — and all of society — have to walk this very difficult balance. If we do too little, this virus will go out of control and you will get significant numbers of increased direct and indirect deaths,’’ he said.
“But if we go too far the other way, then we can cause damage to the economy which can feed through to unemployment, to poverty, to deprivation — all of which have long-term health effects so we need always to keep these two sides in mind.”
Despite the rising infection rates among all age groups, a number of people have been disregarding the health guidelines and science advisers have warned against such behaviour.