LONDON ( Reuters ) – Three scientists advised the British government that Covid -19 is still spreading so quickly in the country that the restrictions on public isolation will not be lifted, and one of them described the decision as political..
England will begin easing the isolation procedures gradually from Monday, as it will allow no more than six people to gather in open spaces, and primary schools will open their doors for some classes..
The government said that it hoped that the application of a new system, through which it would require those in contact with confirmed cases to isolate themselves, would contribute to containing the virus and assisting the country in returning to its activities.
But Jeremy Ferrer, director of the Wellcome Trust for Research and a member of the Scientific Emergency Advisory Group, said he agreed with his colleague John Edmonds that ” Covid -19 is spreading too fast to allow for the lifting of public isolation in England.””.
He wrote on Twitter: “The application ( check .. track .. isolate ) must be fully established and effective and able to deal with any increase immediately and quickly, and infection rates must be lower . It must be reliable.”.
Edmonds, who works for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the advisory group, said on Friday ” We are taking a risk here ” using an unprecedented screening and tracking system, describing the decision as political.
Professor Peter Hurby, Chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Risk Advisory Group, warned that it was too early to lift general isolation procedures in England, as the examination and tracking system is not yet fully operational..
He told BBC Radio ( My . My . C ) ” We can not return to the situation we are witnessing the number of cases and deaths that we have seen before”.
He said , ” As you know ( the system ) is fully activated yet , and here lies the risk”.
More than 48,000 people died as a result of infection with Covid -19 in Britain, making it among the most affected countries in the world..
A survey conducted by the National Statistics Office revealed that there are an estimated 54,000 new cases of illness a week in England.