Schools can reopen “safely” from next week with the package of measures set out to mitigate risks from Covid-19, one expert has said.
Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies
Good communication with the public is vital to prevent people abandoning social distancing measures after being vaccinated, a committee of experts advising the Government has warned.
Nearly half of adults admitted to hospital with Covid-19 have experienced at least one health-related complication, with one in four having trouble coping at home after discharge, research suggests.
The Government’s top scientific advisers warned last month that a “complete, pre-emptive closure of borders” was needed to fully prevent new coronavirus strains being imported into the UK.
The “new normal” brought about by the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be here for quite some time, with a change not likely until well into 2022, a leading scientist has said.
Public Health England (PHE) is investigating strains of coronavirus in the UK which have developed a mutation that has been worrying scientists.
The Government is working with vaccine firms on tackling coronavirus variants, the Health Secretary has said, as scientists expressed concern that the strain identified in Kent has mutated.
The UK will not be able to keep borders shut forever and a “sustainable strategy” will be needed in the future to tackle coronavirus mutations, a senior Government scientific adviser has said.
The latest estimate is that the range for the reproduction rate of coronavirus – the R value – has increased slightly across the UK, the Government Office for Science has said.
The Government’s new “stay alert” slogan does not make clear what alert means and does not tell people what they should be alert to, an expert has said.
Lockdown restrictions should be eased very gradually in order to maintain public trust in health policy, according to experts advising the Government on the coronavirus outbreak.
Selectively lifting lockdown measures could lead to resentment and anger among the population which has otherwise shown collective solidarity, an expert has said.