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UK at ‘critical point’ over Covid-19, top scientists to warn

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  • On Wednesday, the country recorded 3,991 new daily cases, the highest daily figure since May 8, when the country was only beginning to emerge from lockdown, and there were 4,649 new cases reported.

The United Kingdom’s chief medical adviser is to warn that the country is at a “critical point” in the coronavirus pandemic and “heading in the wrong direction”.

On Sunday, 3,899 new daily cases and 18 deaths were reported in the UK. Prime minister Boris Johnson held a meeting at Downing Street on Sunday with Britain’s most senior government scientists, to discuss whether to introduce further measures.

The chief medical officer for England, professor Chris 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.

“We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period”.

On Wednesday, the country recorded 3,991 new daily cases, the highest daily figure since May 8, when the country was only beginning to emerge from lockdown, and there were 4,649 new cases reported.

Authorities attributed the rise in infections to the fact that Britain’s testing capacity has also grown since the peak of the first wave. Earlier, Johnson announced that he plans to boost testing to 500,000 a day by the end of October to avoid a second national lockdown. – Agencies

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