Britain faces a second Corona Virus It climaxes over Christmas and the New Year, the deputies were told.
A joint investigation into the lessons learned from the first wave has told an outbreak in the rest of the country to come a month after northwest England.
The evidence was presented by one of the country’s top infection modelers who said that only a disruption of the national circuit would reverse the trend of current increases.
Professor John Edmunds OBE, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “There is no way out of this. [second] Wave now without counting our deaths in the tens of thousands.
If we don’t take any additional measures, if we leave it as it is, we will see peaks in the northwest, perhaps in the next four to six weeks.
“After that, the weeks lag us behind the rest of the country, so we will see peaks at Christmas and New Year with very high numbers of cases across the UK.”
Professor Edmunds, a member of Sage, was testifying before the science committee and said that the current regional strategy would lead to “a high level of infection everywhere”.
“I think we are looking at a very bleak situation unless we take action. We have to get a knot,” he added.
“I don’t think we should be taking action specifically in the most dangerous areas but I think we need to take action everywhere else to prevent them from falling into this rather dangerous situation.”
Professor Edmunds said a vaccine could be available within a few months, but it is unlikely to eliminate the virus.
“We will have to live with this virus forever. There is very little chance of it being eradicated,” he added.
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When asked about the chances of availability of a vaccine this winter, he added: “Towards the end of winter – this is definitely possible.
“I think these things are going very fast… I think that here in the UK, we will be in a reasonable position for months.
“In fact, it is very important to understand that vaccines are actually not far away probably now, and I think that changes what we have to do now.
“If the vaccines are very close, then in my view we should try to keep the infection rate as low as possible now because we will be able to use the vaccines in the not too distant future.”
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