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Professor Jonathan Van-Tam warned the R rate is above one despite the country “running with the brakes partially on” as he estimated more restrictions are needed to get coronavirus under control. Speaking at the daily briefing, Professor Van-Tam said: “We just can’t afford just to let our elderly die. We can’t afford to allow our NHS to be completely consumed by looking after Covid so it can’t do its other business as usual work.
“We’ll have to take as tough measures as necessary to stop that.
“The typical lag time between doing something and beginning to see a discernible effect is two to three weeks.
“Just to make a point that the Prime Minister made, we’re running now with the brakes partially on and the R rate is 1.3 to 1.5 according to the latest estimates.
“We can’t take the brake off on this and we may have push on the pedal a little harder to get it back under control.”
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