Despite warnings over the second wave of the pandemic, the government has not implemented most of Sage`s proposals amid rising infections.
In September, the government was urged by its scientific advisers to impose a short lockdown in England to reduce the number of infections. Experts said that imposing a two-week “circuit breaker” will lower the risk of a “very large epidemic with catastrophic consequences”.
Labour condemned the government for disregarding the advice, however, No 10 said it had taken “robust” action.
A new three-tier system has been introduced in an effort to curb the virus. A number of areas in England will be on “medium” alert with measures such as the rule of six, whilst areas with restrictions on the mixing of different households will be on “high” alert.
Pubs and bars in areas on “very high” alert will have to shut down unless they serve “substantial meals”. There would be restrictions on travel and household mixing will be banned in such areas.
“Unless the system grows at the same rate as the epidemic, and support is given to people to enable them to adhere to self-isolation, it is likely that the impact of test, trace and isolate will further decline in the future,” the experts said.
On Monday a further 13,972 confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported across the UK with 50 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test recorded.
Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “The government now needs to urgently explain why it ignored its own scientists and what it will be doing to get control of the virus.