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World Whitty: 'Critical point' in pandemic as UK infection rate heading in wrong direction

01:26  21 september  2020
01:26  21 september  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

UK at 'critical point', top scientists to warn

  UK at 'critical point', top scientists to warn The government's most senior advisers are to hold a televised briefing later, as coronavirus cases surge.Prof Chris Whitty believes the country is facing a "very challenging winter period" and will hold a televised briefing at 11:00 BST.

England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has warned the rate of COVID-19 infections in the UK is " heading in the wrong direction ". Later this morning, Professor Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will deliver a televised briefing on the latest coronavirus data.

The trend in UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic . We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period. Whitty and Vallance are speaking ahead of an announcement expected soon

England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has warned the rate of COVID-19 infections in the UK is "heading in the wrong direction".

a man wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Professor Chris Whitty has issued a warning about the infection rate © Reuters Professor Chris Whitty has issued a warning about the infection rate

On Monday, Professor Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will deliver a televised briefing on the latest coronavirus data.

a person talking on a cell phone: Another lockdown has been described as a 'circuit break' © PA Another lockdown has been described as a 'circuit break'

According to Downing Street, they will explain how the coronavirus is currently spreading and set out "potential scenarios" for the months ahead.

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Professor Whitty is expected to say: 'The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic . A Downing Street source said: ' Infection rates are going up, we are in the grip of a second Covid wave and we're now in the last chance saloon.'

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned this morning that the nation is at 'a critical point in the pandemic '. Prof Whitty was joined by Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance for a televised address to the nation. They warned if current rate of infection continues there could be 50,000 daily

They will not be joined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson or any members of the cabinet and will not take questions from journalists.

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The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic . We are looking at the data to see how to manage the More than 40,000 people in Britain have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March, the highest

Prof Whitty will say in the address set to start at 11am: “The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic . A Downing Street source said: “ Infection rates are going up, we are in the grip of a second Covid wave and we’re now in the last-chance saloon.

In a statement ahead of the briefing, Professor Whitty said the country was at "a critical point in the pandemic".

"We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period," he added.

It comes as the health secretary warned the country was at a "tipping point" where "more restrictive measures" could be brought in to slow the spread of COVID-19.

During an interview on Sophy Ridge On Sunday, Matt Hancock said "people have got more relaxed over the summer" but "now is the moment when everybody needs to get back" to following the rules.

He said he was "worried" too many people are breaching self-isolation guidance, leading to the government making it illegal in England.

Asked if he would report on his neighbours for breaking any of the emergency COVID-19 laws, Mr Hancock said: "Yes - and everybody should... Everybody has got a part to play in this."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said ministers had "lost control of the testing system".

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Prof Whitty is expected to say: “The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic . However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps argued that increased deaths from coronavirus will follow in the UK as they have in Spain and other nations.

Prof Whitty is expected to say: “The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic . Another 3,899 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK were announced on Sunday, while a further 18 people died within 28 days of testing positive, bringing the

He told Sophy Ridge: "If I was the prime minister, I would apologise for the fact that testing is all over the place and instead of using the summer to prepare for the autumn, which is what we said should happen, we're in this position just when we need testing to be at its very best, it's near collapse."

One option being considered by ministers is a short two-week lockdown that would see additional rules around household interactions and restrictions on the hospitality and leisure sectors, but not involve school closures.

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He drew widespread criticism for his handling of the pandemic , but also of his response to the The UK ’s most senior government scientists will make a direct appeal to the public on Monday, warning that the coronavirus trend is “ heading in the wrong direction ” and “a critical point has been reached”.

"The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic ," England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is expected to say in an address set for 1000 GMT on Monday. "We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of

Described as a "circuit break", the aim would be to impose tighter restrictions across England to curb the chain of transmission before it accelerates further.

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But Professor Carl Heneghan, of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University, questioned whether the time was right for new restrictions.

"As we look at the data, COVID is operating in a seasonal way," he told Sophy Ridge. "So what we have to do now is slow down. This is a long winter," he added.

Professor Heneghan continued: "We need it in the mid-winter when we might run into problems... it would be more explainable to people why we are doing it then than now, there's no evidence right now of what is called a 'second wave'.

"We cannot afford to go now with harsh measures because the impact on the economy here is going to be significant.

"If we go now it is too early."

The government is also facing resistance from some senior Conservative MPs who are threatening to rebel against further restrictions if they are not subject to greater parliamentary scrutiny.

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Meanwhile, there have been another 3,899 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK in the latest 24-hour period. Overall, 394,257 cases have been confirmed.

The government also said a further 18 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19. This brings the UK total to 41,777.


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