Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of the of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, has called for a three week circuit breaker lockdown

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The UK Government needs to impose a three-week national lockdown immediately, a top advisor has warned.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, has said the move is essential if the country is to avoid cases spiralling. 

“The current tiered restrictions will not bring the transmission rates down sufficiently or prevent the continued spread of the virus,” Sir Jeremy said.

“A three-week period of nationally increased restrictions, with the right levels of financial support, will allow us to reset before winter, stop transmission spiralling, protect and prepare health services, give time to get the test-trace-isolate systems fully functional, and save lives.”

Farrar, who is a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said the response needed to be immediate because putting it off would only worsen and lengthen the crisis.

He told Sky News the best time to have locked down was two to three weeks ago, but it wasn’t too late now.

Senior minister Michael Gove, however, said a two- or three-week national lockdown – named a “circuit breaker” by some – was not being considered.

“The spread and the nature of the disease does not merit that approach at the moment,” he told Sky News on Sunday.

Gove did concede that there were problems with the level of compliance with the rules already in place for those who tested positive for Covid-19.

He said the level of government support available for those who were required to self-isolate was kept under constant review.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a three tier system, whereby different regions have different levels of restrictions impose based on their infection rates.

A further 67 people have died from coronavirus in the UK over the past day.

Today’s rise is the highest Sunday increase in fatalities since June 7, when 77 were recorded, with cases also shooting up today by 16,982.


News – Britain needs three-week national lockdown immediately, warns scientific adviser