The chief medical officers of all four UK nations have just released a statement warning “we are seeing the start of a second wave”.
“Cases are rising rapidly and we must take action to stop an exponential increase that could overwhelm our health services and aim to bring R back below one while minimising the impact on the economy and society,” they caution.
The R rate is the average number of people someone with COVID-19 infects; ministers have said it needs to be below one to loosen restrictions, but it is currently between 1.1 and 1.4. Although it will be updated later today.
In a plea to the public, the four UK chief medical officers add: “We ask that everybody endeavours to adhere to the rules and advice designed for our safety, as this is the only way to keep the virus suppressed, and make further progress on the path back to normality. Failing to do so will put everyone else at risk.”