By Matthew Roscoe • 11 October 2020 • 19:26
12,872 new Covid cases and 65 deaths have been recorded in the UK since last Sunday and a top scientist is warning that a new national lockdown is “a possibility”.
12,872 NEW Covid cases and 65 deaths have been recorded in the UK since last Sunday, which is an increase of over 80%, and a top scientist is warning that a new national lockdown is “a possibility”.
Worryingly the death toll has doubled since they were recorded last week and Professor Peter Horby has warned that there could well be a second national lockdown in the UK on the way.
With a rise in the number of positive tests, more deaths, struggling hospitals and restrictions seemingly not working, Professor Horby told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show the country is in a “precarious position”.
According to Horby, hospitals in the north of England are struggling to cope with cases, stating: “We are already seeing in some parts of the North that some hospitals are starting to see the pressure.”
“We have a doubling time of about eight to 15 days so it is not long before those ICU (intensive care unit) beds could be full and we could be in a really difficult situation.
“I am afraid we are going to have to make some very difficult choices and act very quickly.”
Speaking about another possibly nationwide lockdown, Horby said: “I think that’s a possibility and we have to do what we can to avoid that at all costs.”
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