England needs to be put in a third national lockdown to prevent a ‘catastrophe’ between now and February, a scientific adviser to the Government claimed today.
Professor Andrew Hayward, an epidemiologist at University College London and member of SAGE, warned the country was entering a ‘very dangerous new phase of the pandemic’.
He called for Number 10 to ‘learn the lessons’ of earlier waves, when the Government was criticized for being too slow to lock down, and act early this time.
In a BBC Radio 4 Today Programme interview this morning, Professor Hayward said: ‘We’re going to need decisive, early, national action to prevent a catastrophe in January and February.’
It comes ahead of tomorrow’s shake-up of Downing Street’s four-tier lockdown system, with millions more set to join London, the South East, and the East and be plunged into the toughest bracket.
Whitehall sources have suggested up to two-thirds of England could be under draconian stay-at-home orders following the review. Around 24million people are currently living with the measures, representing 43 percent of the population.
Meanwhile, it’s now understood that Boris Johnson has been in deep talks with Welsh Leader Mark Drakeford as they study a ‘Spanish style’ lockdown as reported earlier by Global247news.
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