- The UK could be heading for another "hard lockdown" if the new law banning gatherings of more than six people is not followed, an expert advising the government on COVID-19 has warned.
- "We really need to act very quickly now to keep this from growing exponentially," said Peter Openshaw, professor at Imperial College.
- He said the "trickle" of coronavirus could turn into a "cascade" if the new rules were ignored. "We have to act quickly" to prevent the virus from spreading rapidly through the population.
- The government says a second lockdown is still a "nuclear option".
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Britain faces a second "hard lockdown" if new rules prohibiting large social gatherings are not followed, an expert has said, warning that the "trickle" of new coronavirus cases could "cascade" within days .
Professor Peter Openshaw, Experimental Medicine Expert and Government Advisor on COVID-19, Sky News presenter Sophie Ridge said on Sunday that the government "must act quickly" to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus, urging people to abide by new rules banning any social gathering of more than six people.
"We have to act very quickly now to prevent this [coronavirus infections] from growing exponentially and that is the main point: we have to act quickly because it is so much harder to get this kind of thing under control when you are yourself delay." a couple of days. This is going to be potentially quite dangerous at this particular moment. "
Openshaw said the daily spread of infections, which increased significantly last week, has returned to "exponential growth" and the fact that the virus has already re-spread in nursing homes means that "inevitably" further "hospital stays" deaths would follow. "
He added: "The rule of six … will cause pain and suffering in order for all of us to return to some degree of lockdown. But if we don't do this now we will be back in hard lockdown in a short time."
The spread of the corona virus is now accelerating in all parts of England, according to information Government figures released on Friday.
Statistics from Imperial College London indicate that the R-rate – This is the average number of people an infected person will transmit the virus to – it's 1.7, which indicates that the virus is spreading rapidly.
Boris Johnson wants to keep the current system of imposing local bans in areas like Birmingham and Bolton, where infection rates are highest.
Robert Buckland, a Cabinet Secretary, existed on Sunday that a second national lockdown remains a "nuclear option".