One of the UK government’s scientific advisers has told the Observer newspaper that repeated “mini-lockdowns” could be one way to bring rising coronavirus infections back under control.
Professor John Edmunds, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said a short lockdown could be used alongside longer-term measures to stop the growth in infections.
“A circuit breaker, or mini-lockdown can be used to reset the clock. The idea would be to bring the incidence back to what it was a few weeks earlier. You replace two weeks of exponential growth with two weeks of a decline in cases,” he told the Observer.
“This can have a big effect on the total number of cases, particularly if it is implemented shortly after the epidemic starts to grow.”
The government imposed tighter coronavirus restrictions this week in a bid to slow sharply rising transmission rates.
Covid-19 cases in England increased by 60% in a week, according to a survey carried out by the UK Office for National Statistics and published Friday.
Source : CNN