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Second wave will come in October as UK goes into winter & more lives lost, top Sage adviser warns

Second wave will come in October as UK goes into winter & more lives lost, top Sage adviser warns

A SECOND wave of coronavirus will hit the UK from October and more may lose their lives, a top scientist predicted today.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said that the next three months were crucial to getting on top of the virus and being prepared for the next spike in infections.

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Sir Jeremy Farrar, an infectious disease expert, said the next wave would hit from October

And he said he was worried as Britain starts to open up the economy once again with pubs and restaurants returning from July 4.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today, he said: “A true second wave will come in the winter months – October, November.”

And it was vital that Britain was able to interrupt the chains of transmission within 48 hours or the virus would spread out of control again.

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However, the risk of other coughs and colds in the winter months was higher, which would play a significant part in the next stage of the pandemic, Sir Jeremy added.

“We can prevent the national catastrophe that happened in March and April,” he said.

“The next three months are absolutly critical.

“We’re on a knife edge.

“But if we don’t have those core infrastructures in place, we will see a very nasty rebound in the winter.”

When asked if more people could lose their lives, he replied: “They could do.

“We have got to move ahead of the pandemic. Once you get behind it, you lose track of it – that’s what happened in the UK.

“We were too slow, the epidemic took off.”


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The virus was likely spreading across China in the world in December, if not January, he said.

There will be rebounds in certain cities and areas and these must be controlled to stop cases spiraling out of control again, he stressed.

On reopening parts of the economy he said: “There is no zero risk in any of this.

“We are not at the stage where the virus has disappeared.

“Try and stay outside, try and stay in small numbers.

“Don’t get caught indoors in large groups of people from large numbers of households.”



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