“Currently this epidemic is doubling. It’s doubling in cases,” Chris Whitty expresses concern over the risk reopening might have on England.
It comes as England prepares to step out of coronavirus restrictions on Monday despite the surge in cases and hospitalizations. A number of rules including the one-meter social distancing and the mandatory wearing of masks will be scrapped.
The chief medical officer of England said Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be cautious as he might have to reimpose Covid restrictions in five weeks. The number of hospital admissions could soar to “quite scary levels”, he warned.
Mr. Johnson said the pandemic is “not over” but that should not stop the country from moving on with”caution”
At a webinar hosted by the Science Museum, Prof Whitty said: “We are not by any means out of the woods yet on this, we are in much better shape due to the vaccine programme, and drugs and a variety of other things. But this has got a long way to run in the UK, and it’s got even further to run globally.”
He urged Boris Johnson to “look again” at restrictions and said he should not “underestimate the fact that we could get into trouble again, surprisingly fast.”
Speaking on Andrew Marr Show, Dr. Susan Hopkins also expressed concern over the decision to scrap Covid restrictions amid soaring cases. We may have to do further lockdowns this winter,” she suggested.