UK coronavirus live: Chris Whitty tells MPs situation could ‘turn bad very fast’ if lockdown easing is rushed

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Professor Chris Whitty told MPs the situation could “turn bad” very quickly if the easing of lockdown restrictions are rushed and a close eye is not kept on it.

Appearing at the Science and Technology Committee he said: “I think a lot of people may think that this is all over.

“I would encourage them to look at what is happening in continental Europe at the moment where a lot of countries are going back into rates going up and having to close things down again having not been in that situation before. I think it’s very easy to forget quite how quickly things can turn bad if you don’t keep a very very close eye on it.”

It comes as the number of daily Covid deaths and cases in the UK has dropped to the lowest levels in five months.

On Monday, the Government reported a further 65 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus, bringing the UK total to 124,566. That is the lowest total since 60 on October 4. Some 4,712 new infections were also reported, the lowest daily figure since September 28.

Source: Evening Standard