LONDON — Britain could face 50,000 coronavirus cases a day by mid-October if it stays on its current trajectory, top government scientists warned Monday.

In a rare televised address from 10 Downing Street, Patrick Vallance, the British government’s chief scientific adviser, and Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, said the number of covid-19 cases is doubling roughly every seven days.

“If, and that’s quite a big if, but if that continues unabated … you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October, per day,” Vallance said. A month later, this could result in more than 200 deaths a day, he said.

The ominous warning comes amid speculation the British government is set to introduce fresh nationwide restrictions this week as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise sharply.

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