Coronavirus experts say a second national lockdown is now “inevitable” – as Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted changes to local measures were coming. John Edmunds, a professor and member of SAGE, the body advising the government on controlling the pandemic, appeared on BBC’s Newsnight last night.
On Tuesday, he warned the localised measures – which he argued were “not working” – were merely “delaying the inevitable.”
“These local restrictions that have been put in place in much of the north of England really haven’t been very effective,” he said.
He added: “We need to take much more stringent measures, not just in the north of England, we need to do it countrywide, and bring the epidemic back under control.” Edmunds appeared on the show on October 6 – with millions in the north living under enhanced measures.