UK Covid live: 59,610 new cases recorded, highest since early January, as MPs debate plan B restrictions | Politics








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UK data 59,610 new Covid cases – highest every day complete since early January

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Talking at a gathering of the all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus (APPG) earlier to debate the Omicron variant, Prof Stephen Reicher, a member of the Sage sub-committee advising on behavioural science and professor of psychology on the College of St Andrews, warned that it might take a number of weeks to roll out booster jabs and one other couple of weeks earlier than the take impact. He stated:


If we had been to do nothing now, by then the cases can be catastrophically excessive. So we have to convey cases down with the intention to give us time to vaccinate.

Reicher added {that a} easy metric from the pandemic is that the speed of an infection relies upon upon the speed of contacts, including that whereas the contact charges stay beneath pre-pandemic ranges they’ve risen as restrictions have been eased.

“There are two methods you possibly can convey them down,” stated Reicher. “You may convey them down by giving very clear recommendation, which is don’t socialise. In the event you do socialise now you gained’t be capable of socialise at Christmas.”

The choice, he stated, is that socialisation might be restricted by laws. “Now, that’s a really actual debate. But it surely appears to me that’s the one debate that needs to be being had proper now, not whether or not however how we convey down the extent of contact,” stated Reicher.

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