UK may enforce another national lockdown as infection rate is projected to reach 50,000 per day

Chief scientific officer Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer Chris Whitty said the number of cases is doubling every seven days.

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The United Kingdom could see 50,000 new Covid-19 cases every day by mid-October if no swift action is taken, top experts warned on Monday, as the Boris Johnson government considered imposing another national lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.

Chief scientific officer Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer Chris Whitty said the number of cases is doubling every seven days. For the first time in recent months, they appeared on live television without a minister present to report the new data described as “critical”.

“If, and that’s quite a big if, but if that continues unabated, and this grows, doubling every seven days…you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October per day”, Vallance said.He projected more than 200 daily deaths by mid-November.“The challenge, therefore, is to make sure the doubling time does not stay at seven days. That requires speed, it requires action and it requires enough in order to be able to bring that down.”

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