By Tatiana Zaituni
The public has been warned it is on course for 200 daily deaths and to prepare for six months of restriction if the current rate remains unshakeable.
The stark prediction shows that the country could be on course to 50,000 daily new cases by mid-October, which could lead to 200 death a day as soon as next month.
Additionally, the country could go on six-month lockdown during the winter period to effectively tackle the deadly virus, as it can be expected to flourish, says Professor Chris Whitty.
In the 10 Downing Street Briefing, yesterday morning, Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty delivered a sober assessment of the rapid increase of COVID-19.
The briefing was intended to scare, in contrast to the Prime Minister’s usual attempt to be optimistic during briefings.
The message was pretty straightforward. It intended to point out the urgency of the situation to the public. The statement emphasised the importance of the next six months and that this time will come with tough decisions.
Despite all the measures being taken to prevent the spread; wearing masks, keeping a 2 meter apart, and enforcement of local lockdown this has proven ineffective as the infection rate has picked up earlier this month.
Furthermore, the briefing consisted of myth-busting that the virus was not getting weaker.
The medical expert, Professor Chris Whitty said the Government and individuals could help reduce the spread of the virus, by the following “hand, face, space” advice.
He continued, “If we don’t do enough, the virus will take off, and that is the path we are clearly on.’’