UK coronavirus deaths up 20% in one day, lockdown expected through May
The UK’s coronavirus lockdown could stretch until the end of May, a government adviser warned Saturday.
“We want to move to a situation where at least by the end of May we’re able to substitute some less intensive measures, more based on technology and testing, for the complete lockdown we have now,” the adviser, Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, told BBC Radio on Saturday.
Britain added 708 deaths Friday — a staggering 20 percent increase from the day before, for a total of at least 4,313. Officials there have tallied 42,000 confirmed infections.
Ferguson said he expects cases to peak in 10 days if social-distancing measures continue to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson closed non-essential businesses indefinitely on March 23, after some in his government expressed hesitation about shutting down the nation’s economy.
Some still fear the cost of the lockdown could be greater than that of the disease.
“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,” senior government adviser and chief pandemic modeler Graham Medley told The The Times newspaper.
“We’ve kind of painted ourselves into a corner, because then the question will be, what do we do now? In broad terms are we going to continue to harm children to protect vulnerable people, or not?”
With Post wires
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