Stricter restrictions could be on their way as scientists warn the UK is in the ‘eye of the storm’ of the coronavirus pandemic. failed to rule out tougher lockdown rules as the virus continues to rage out of control across the country. And he warned the public to stick with existing ones because “every flex can be fatal,” resulting in more deaths from Covid. Ministers held a Covid-O emergency meeting yesterday [SUN] where they discussed how the new rules work – and whether tighter enforcement is needed. Curfew; Closed nurseries; Support the ban on bubbles; The public said to wear masks outside; Exercise limited to one hour. Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown last week, which is expected to last at least until the end of February, and possibly beyond. March 23, the anniversary of the first lockout, was touted as the first realistic date for the restrictions to be lifted. Mr Hancock refused to be drawn into the possibility of even more severe restrictions to bring down fares. He told the BBC: “I don’t want to speculate because the most important message is not whether the government will tighten the rules any further. “The most important thing is that people stay at home and follow the rules that we have. “And that, in terms of the magnitude of the impact on the cases, is the most important thing that we can do collectively as a society.” But Professor Peter Horby, chair of the advisory group on new and emerging respiratory virus threats, said existing measures may need to be further strengthened. He warned the country was “now in the eye of a storm” with the pandemic. “Now we’re in a situation where everything that was risky in the past is riskier now, so we’re going to have to be very, very strict on the measurements,” he said. “Whether the current restrictions are sufficient, I think that remains to be seen. “It will take a week or two before that becomes clear. “They may be sufficient, but we have to be very vigilant and if there is any sign that this is not the case, we will have to be even stricter, I’m afraid. Professor Devi Sridhar, director of public health at the University of Edinburgh, said the lockdown in the UK is expected to continue for the next 12 weeks. She said, “With the numbers we are at, there is no other choice.” Labor leader Keir Starmer also admitted that the current lockdown rules “might not be tough enough.” He added: “They are tough and necessary. They may not be tough enough. But his deputy, Angela Rayner, pointed the finger at the government for not respecting the rules. She tweeted: “I don’t think the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary understand how much their shameful defense of Dominic Cummings’ breach of lockdown rules was for the public trust.” Government scientists fear that even with schools closed, they may struggle to bring the R rate – the infection rate – below one. No 10 source said ministers had discussed how to boo.
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