Covid: UK could face 50,000 cases a day by mid-October without action, Vallance @BBC News – BBC

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Subscribe and to OFFICIAL BBC YouTube Stream original BBC programmes FIRST on BBC iPlayer Subscribe and @BBC News Stream BBC News live on BBC iPlayer Coronavirus / Covid-19 Follow BBC News live updates here The UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action, the government’s chief scientific adviser has warned. Get the full story Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance gave a live TV address about the spread of the virus – and what could happen over the next few months. The key points: The virus is now increasing across the majority of the country. “So this is not someone else’s problem, this is all of our problem,” said Prof Whitty It’s a “six-month problem that we have to deal with collectively,” said Prof Whitty. He said the seasons are against us with autumn and winter benefiting viruses like Covid The virus is not milder now than in April. Prof Whitty said some people have been saying this – but there’s no evidence for it The key stats: If the infection continues at its current rate, without any action being taken, then by mid-October there could be 50,000 cases a day. That would lead to more than 200 deaths a day by mid-November Around 70,000 people in the UK are estimated to currently have the disease – and about 6,000 per day are catching it. That’s an estimate based on a study from the Office for National Statistics Fewer than 8% of people have got antibodies to the virus, which suggest they’ve had it already What about lockdown measures? Prof Whitty acknowledged it’s a “difficult balance” for ministers. If we do too little in terms of lockdown rules, the virus will go out of control, but if we go too far the other way we can damage the economy which will have its own long-term health effects, he said He said one key way to control the virus is to “break unnecessary links between households because that is the way this virus is transmitted”. But he said we have to do it “in the least damaging way”, adding: “If we don’t do enough the virus will take off, and that is the path we are clearly on, and if we don’t change course, then we’re going to find ourselves in a very difficult problem.” Follow the story BBC News Live | Coronavirus Press Conference | UK Government Press Briefing | BBC #BBC #BBCiPlayer #BBCNews #BBCCoronavirus #Coronavirus #Covid-19 #CoronavirusOutbreak #Corona #CoronavirusUK #borisjohnsonspeechonuklockdowntoday All our TV channels and S4C are available to watch live through BBC iPlayer, although some programmes may not be available to stream online due to rights. If you would like to read more on what types of programmes are available to watch live, check the ‘Are all programmes that are broadcast available on BBC iPlayer?’ FAQ

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