Top U.K. Scientists Clash With Boris Johnson Over 3-Tier Covid Lockdown

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Boris Johnson clashed with his own government’s scientific advisers after documents were released showing they wanted tougher action against the resurgent coronavirus outbreak in the U.K. in September. The British prime minister announced Monday that bars and pubs will be closed in the worst-hit parts of England from Wednesday to control the pandemic as he tried to restore clarity and credibility to his much-criticized strategy. He said he hoped to avoid another full national lockdown and that his plan would work if people followed the advice. But England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned the new measures won’t be enough, and newly released papers showed the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) recommended national or regional restrictions to slow the spread of the virus last month. Options in a SAGE document circulated Sept. 21 included a short “circuit breaker” national lockdown, more people asked to work from home, bans on contact with other households and the closing of all bars and restaurants. “Not acting now to reduce cases will result in a very large epidemic with catastrophic consequences in terms of direct Covid-related deaths and the ability of the health service to meet needs,” the committee said. Read this story in full at Bloomberg.com: https://bloom.bg/33TtYOw

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