The government’s scientific advisers are urging the Prime Minister to prepare for a second wave of coronavirus that has a lower daily death toll but which lasts for a longer period of time – making it more deadly overall, it has been claimed.
Now SAGE scientists including chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are pushing for stricter lockdown rules that apply nationwide and argue that the whole country will have to be put under the strictest restrictions by mid-December.
The forecast being circulated through Whitehall predicts deaths will hit 500 a day and 25,000 people could be in hospital with the virus by the end of November, causing Britain’s Covid curve to look like a ‘lampshade’. It comes after the UK’s death toll passed 60,000 yesterday and the country recorded 357 more deaths.
A source told the Telegraph: ‘It’s going to be worse this time, more deaths. That is the projection that has been put in front of the Prime Minister, and he is now being put under a lot of pressure to lock down again.’ While another told the Sun: ‘The latest Sage numbers are utterly bleak.’