Imperial College Professor Neil Ferguson believes that government regulations concerning the UK lockdown could relax as COVID-19 cases stabilize in the coming weeks.
Professor Neil Ferguson stated that the Uk COVID-19 cases will first peak for some weeks but will then stabilize. He did, however, explain that the UK should not expect a rapid decline in cases.
The Imperial College Professor went on to tell BBC Radio 4 that:
“The critical thing first is to get case numbers down, and then I’m hopeful… in a few weeks’ time we will be able to move to a regime which will not be normal life, let me emphasise that, but will be somewhat more relaxed in terms of social distancing and the economy, but relying more on testing.”
“We still think things will plateau but we’ll be at quite high levels of infection for weeks and weeks rather than seeing quite a rapid decline as the type seen in China.”
It was the report published by the Imperial College that warned that the UK could reach a total of 250,000 cases that initiated the government to implement the stick lockdown regulations that are currently being enforced.
Although the government may relax the lockdown regulations, the public would still need to use good judgement in practising social distancing to ensure the coronavirus cases continue to drop.
This stance contracts the advise given bu Professor Graham Medley who is a pandemic modeller, who suggests that the relaxing of regulations would just open the flood gates for the pandemic to begin again.
He told the Time newspaper that
“This disease is so nasty that we had to suppress it completely. Then we’ve kind of painted ourselves into a corner, because then the question will be, what do we do now?”
“We will have done three weeks of this lockdown, so there’s a big decision coming up on April 13. In broad terms are we going to continue to harm children to protect vulnerable people, or not?”
“If we carry on with lockdown it buys us more time, we can get more thought put into it, but it doesn’t resolve anything, it’s a placeholder.”