Covid: SAGE expert believes it is unlikely England will go into a ‘full-blown lockdown’ this winter
Professor Neil Ferguson said he was “moderately optimistic” about not needing strict restrictions
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Professor Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist and member of SAGE, said he was “moderately optimistic” about not needing strict restrictions with no surge yet recorded after children returned to school.
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At a glance: 5 key points
- The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in England has dropped to its lowest level since the end of June.
- A total of 161,923 people tested positive at least once in the week to September 15, down 22% on the previous week, according to the latest Test and Trace figures.
- This is the lowest number of people testing positive since the week to June 30.
- Test and Trace figures peaked at 390,234 cases in the week to January 6, at the height of the second wave of coronavirus.
- Professor Ferguson said that while social distancing could come back if there was a “significant uptick” in hospital admissions, there was unlikely to be a “full-blown lockdown”.
What’s been said
Professor Ferguson said: “We can’t rule out some need for additional measures, but I very much doubt we will need to go back into lockdown again.”
He added: “As long as we can roll out the booster programme and the vaccination of teenagers as promptly as possible, I’m moderately optimistic.”
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