Whitty: revising plan to ease England lockdown would risk fresh Covid surge

Posted by on March 9, 2021 8:45 am
Categories: Global Stories

Chief medical officer tells MPs lifting rules more quickly would lead to more hospitalisations and deaths

England’s chief medical officer has warned MPs that revising the government’s roadmap to emerge from lockdown sooner than planned would risk a more serious third wave of Covid infections.

Prof Chris Whitty said he expected a surge of infections once restrictions were lifted but that exiting lockdown faster, when fewer people are vaccinated, would send more people into hospital and lead to more deaths.

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