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UK at critical point in COVID pandemic, top medical adviser says

 

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FILE PHOTO: Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty is seen at Downing Street in London, Britain, September 8, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is at a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic and faces a very challenging winter, one of the government's top medical advisers will warn at a public briefing on Monday.

 

Cases in Britain are on the increase in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled a second wave of the virus, with large areas of the country subject to restrictions on social freedom and London expected to be next in line.

 

"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 a very challenging winter period."

 

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 number in Europe.

 

New cases fell rapidly due to an unprecedented three-month national lockdown, but have risen as the shuttered economy, schools and offices reopened. The government has been heavily criticised for a shortage of testing capacity.

 

The warning from Whitty is expected to foreshadow a national address by Johnson later in the week, although this has not been confirmed by ministers.

 

Health minister Matt Hancock on Sunday warned the country was at a tipping point, saying that people must follow rules on self-isolating or face the imposition of further lockdown measures. The government announced large fines for non-compliance.

 

Hancock has refused to rule out another national lockdown - something which Johnson has said would have disastrous consequences for the economy - and said officials were meeting to decide how best to handle the rising cases in London.

 

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones)

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

The government has been heavily criticised for a shortage of testing capacity.

I suspicious the UK not want test because want open economy. Money number 1.

8 month have Covid. Can not test???

 

The world average death because covid less than 2%. But UK more than 12%. 

Why?

= more have it. Sure. Obvious.

 

UK open lockdown to quickly. Impatient= second wave. 

 

Also why UK hide the “Total Recovered” and “Active Cases” ??? 

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They not know? Or not want show? Same Spain. Tricky. 

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Little different numbers on Reuters , f.e. total death rate is 3.1 % , not less than 2 % ...

UK is mentioned , too ... but recoveries seem to be under reported in UK ... may be that's why marked N/A .

 

 

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more complete <deleted> as usual,theyve got everything wrong from day 1 and now make their nos fit their narrative,deaths have just about disappeared and ICU have dropped dramatically.people are dying from treatable diseases but cant get treatment!the NHS has stopped killing off people in care homes so how can they justify their existence!?and they want a pay rise ha ha ha.test people who dont feel ill and we find the virus is everywhere but most people are fine,aghh this doesnt fit the narrative so we will smoke whats left of the economy a la australia.lock up the frail and get on with it,and also the bed wetters can join them.but dont expect any more free money as its not free actually someone who works has gotta pay for it

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8 hours ago, edwardandtubs said:

Yet Sweden is doing fine for some reason but let's all ignore that and lock everyone at home again.

The Swedish diet is far more nutritious they eat a lot of fish fruit and vegetables. Whilst the UK diet is very poor nutritiously.
The Swedes are less obsese than the the British

The buildings in Sweden are far better ventilated than in the UK .
But most important of all the cold dry climate in Sweden is far healthier for people with lung disease than in the UK with its cold damp weather.
Sweden's health service is much better and more modern than the UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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7 hours ago, loong said:

Sweden is doing fine???

Reported cases per million population

UK 5,801

SW 8,725

Reported deaths per million population

UK 615

SW 580

Tests per million population

UK 314,398

SW 137,755

 

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Your own figures show how wrong this all is. More people die from the annual flue season in the uk (over 40k) also as someone stated UK having a 12% death rate , this is so easy to be explained: if in the past 6 months you have been tested positive for Covid then die say in a car crash your death is recorded as Covid. This is all crazy. 

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8 hours ago, loong said:

Sweden is doing fine???

Reported cases per million population

UK 5,801

SW 8,725

Reported deaths per million population

UK 615

SW 580

Tests per million population

UK 314,398

SW 137,755

 

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Exactly. A higher infection rate but a lower death rate. Do you really not understand the significance of that?

 

And you're looking at historical statistics. Sweden is the only country not currently going through a second wave that is the inevitable result of a strict lockdown during the first wave. 

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