Beachgoers ignore social distancing as experts warn of second wave risk

Health services are planning for a second wave twice the size of the first. It comes as tens of thousands of people yesterday ignored social distancing rules aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus to flock to beaches on the hottest day of the year.

NHS documents drawn up by local planners in the South East show they are preparing for a “reasonable worst case scenario” of a second wave, which is 2-2.5 times the size of the first outbreak. Health officials insisted the scenario was for contingency planning only and not based on forecast or other intelligence.

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