Expert refuses to rule out another UK lockdown before Christmas

Expert refuses to rule out another UK lockdown before Christmas


A British infectious disease expert said Sunday that he “can’t be certain” that the United Kingdom won’t need to lock down again before Christmas — saying it’s going to be a “difficult summer” battling new COVID-19 cases.

Neil Ferguson, a professor from Imperial College London, refused to rule out that the country won’t need to reimpose the same COVID-19 restrictions set to be lifted Monday.

“It’s going to be a difficult summer for many reasons… I think case numbers are likely to be declining at least by late September, even in the worst-case scenario,” Ferguson told the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show.

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But Ferguson said there may be “a need to slow the spread to some extent” if there’s a high number of hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients.

“Clearly, if we end up in a more, let’s say, worst-case scenario … at the higher end of the modeling and the projections of two, three thousand hospital admissions per day, there may

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