This Monday, two of the most senior scientific advisers to the British Government will appeal to the British, live on television, to warn that the UK has reached a “tipping point”.
Two British government scientific advisers, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance will make a public appeal this Monday, live on television. The objective is to alert citizens to the “critical point” the country is in, advances The Guardian.
The number of new cases of COVID-19 has increased exponentially in the past few days, reaching record levels. The number of deaths from the new coronavirus also shows an upward trend.
In the public appearance, which will not be attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, experts in the field of epidemiology will have to take account of the latest data on the spread of the pandemic in the United Kingdom and call for prevention, with a special hang on to the period winter season ahead.
Experts argue that the UK is going “in the wrong direction” and reaching a “critical point” in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are looking at the data in order to find a way to stop the spread of the virus at a time when the difficult winter season is approaching,” said Chris Whitty, England’s general director of health, according to the British daily.
The experts ‘intervention comes after several Boris Johnson government ministers have been accused of breaking British citizens’ trust, of failing promises with regard to testing and tracking the virus.
Covid-19 has been gaining ground in the UK and across all age groups, with new cases doubling every week. British ministers hope that this rare public intervention will help to convey the message that further severe restrictions will be inevitable if the situation does not improve.
This Sunday, the UK recorded 3,899 more confirmed cases (+ 0.99%) and 18 deaths (a variation of 0.04), according to data revealed by health authorities. In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 394,257 infections and 41,777 deaths have been recorded in the country.
The British Government has banned gatherings of more than six people, imposed additional restrictions in northern and central England due to localized outbreaks, and announced on Sunday new sanctions for those who do not respect the rules.
Those who test positive or show symptoms should isolate themselves for 14 days. Citizens who fail to comply can be penalized with fines of between 1,000 pounds (1,090 euros) and 10,000 pounds (11,000 euros).
As an incentive to comply with the rules, people with low incomes will be able to receive 500 pounds (545 euros) aid, if they are not able to use teleworking during the quarantine period.