The former Chief Scientific Adviser has said less than 10,000 people could have died if Britain had gone into lockdown a week earlier. This follows comments made by an expert who advised the government on restrictions, stating that the number of deaths from coronavirus in the UK could have been halved if lockdown was introduced a week earlier. Neil Ferguson, professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, told the Science and Technology Committee thousands of deaths could have been prevented with earlier action.
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During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.
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Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan is an English broadcaster, journalist, writer, and television personality. He is currently a co-presenter of the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain from Monday to Wednesday each week.
Piers Morgan has taken a hard stance on Covid-19, and vociferously believes the UK Government and people have not taken the pandemic seriously enough.
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