Third Covid wave ‘is likely to hit this summer’

Britain is ‘highly likely’ to suffer a third wave of Covid infections and deaths once all lockdown restrictions are lifted in the summer, Government scientists warned last night. In a gloomy set of scenarios, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said that hospital admissions could once again hit the levels seen in January. The … Read more

Third Covid wave ‘is likely to hit this summer’

Britain is ‘highly likely’ to suffer a third wave of Covid infections and deaths once all lockdown restrictions are lifted in the summer, Government scientists warned last night. In a gloomy set of scenarios, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said that hospital admissions could once again hit the levels seen in January. The … Read more

‘Prof Lockdown’ warns AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is ‘vulnerable’ to South African variant

Professor Neil Ferguson warned the South African strain had taken root in Europe Professor Neil Ferguson today called for tighter border controls with Europe to keep out the dangerous South African of coronavirus amid fears it could undermine Britain’s vaccine roll-out. The SAGE adviser – dubbed ‘Professor Lockdown’ because his gloomy modelling of the first … Read more

‘Prof Lockdown’ warns AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is ‘vulnerable’ to South African variant

Professor Neil Ferguson warned the South African strain had taken root in Europe Professor Neil Ferguson today called for tighter border controls with Europe to keep out the dangerous South African of coronavirus amid fears it could undermine Britain’s vaccine roll-out. The SAGE adviser – dubbed ‘Professor Lockdown’ because his gloomy modelling of the first … Read more

The ‘covert tactics’ used to scare Britons into staying at home

A document presented to SAGE called for an increase in the ‘perceived threat’ of Covid using ‘hard-hitting emotional messages’, reports claim today.  Psychologists have accused Downing Street of using ‘covert psychological strategies’ to emphasise the threat from Covid-19 without contextualising the risks, the Telegraph reported. It was said this created ‘a state of heightened anxiety’, … Read more

The ‘covert tactics’ used to scare Britons into staying at home

A document presented to SAGE called for an increase in the ‘perceived threat’ of Covid using ‘hard-hitting emotional messages’, reports claim today.  Psychologists have accused Downing Street of using ‘covert psychological strategies’ to emphasise the threat from Covid-19 without contextualising the risks, the Telegraph reported. It was said this created ‘a state of heightened anxiety’, … Read more

England’s R rate remains stable and is between 0.8 and 1, SAGE says

England’s coronavirus R rate has not changed since last week, No10’s scientific advisers claimed today. SAGE estimated the figure – the average number of people each infected person passes the virus on to – was still between 0.8 and one but may be as high as one in every region because cases are ‘levelling off’.     Advisers … Read more

Rishi Sunak confirms he helped block calls for ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown last year

Rishi Sunak confirms he helped block calls for ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown last year after wave of criticism for rejecting Sage advice Ministers faced criticism after rejecting advice from the Sage advisory group Rishi Sunak insisted there ‘wasn’t a clear-cut case’ for shutting down economy Scientists believed a two-three week lockdown could reverse a surge in … Read more

Coronavirus: Brits should NOT hug each other yet, SAGE expert says

Brits should NOT hug each other yet: SAGE expert says people must wait until Covid cases are ‘really, really low’ to safely embrace friends and relatives Sir Mark Walport, a SAGE member, said there is ‘still quite a lot of infection about’ Today marks England’s first step out of lockdown with outdoor meeting allowed Around … Read more