By Tony Winterburn • 18 November 2020 • 13:21
TOP Government Scientist Confirms UK’s 5-day Festive Plan for Lifting Lockdown.
Lifting of the lockdown in the UK over Christmas is on the cards as a top government scientist confirms a 5-day festive plan. Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Dame Angela McLean, national medical director of the NHS Stephen Powis and Public Health England boss Dr Susan Hopkins held a Downing Street briefing on Wednesday, November 18.
Government health advisers are planning for a Christmas where Brits are allowed “some mixing”, they revealed during a Downing Street briefing on Wednesday. When asked if some sort of Christmas is possible, Public Health England (PHE) boss Dr Susan Hopkins replied: “I think it is.”
Dr Hopkins told the Downing Street briefing that Sage scientific advice indicated that “for every day that we release (measures) we will need two days of tighter restrictions. So, coming into Christmas we need to be very careful about the number of contacts that we have, to reduce transmission before Christmas and get our cases as low as possible. Hopefully, the Government will make the decision that will allow us to have some mixing, but we will wait and see what that is.
“Then, I think, once we have got past the Christmas period if there has been a release and some socialisation we will all have to be very responsible and reduce those contacts again.” Angela McLean confirmed scientists have modelled a lifting of rules for Christmas. She said: “We did send some advice in over the weekend but we genuinely don’t know what decisions have been made.”
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