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29 May 2020

Several SAGE members say that COVID-19 is spreading too fast to lift lockdown

Summary

John Edmunds, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) member, says, 'I think many of us would prefer to see the incidence driven down to lower levels because that then means that we have fewer cases occurring before we relax the measures. I think at the moment, with relatively high incidence and relaxing the measures and also with an untested track and trace system, I think we are taking some risk here.' Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust and SAGE member, responds on Twitter by saying 'COVID-19 spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England. Agree with John & clear science advice. TTI [test, trace and isolate] has to be in place, fully working, capable dealing any surge immediately, locally responsive, rapid results & infection rates have to be lower. And trusted.' At least two other SAGE members voice similar concerns.

Source(s)

Guardian article

Jeremy Farrar on Twitter

Financial Times news story