A senior scientist today said he is ‘satisfied’ that bars and restaurants are a site of transmission for the coronavirus.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said the pandemic is entering a “really difficult phase and everybody is extremely fatigued”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he is satisfied that bars and restaurants are sites of transmission.
“I’m not privy to the data itself because I’m not a member of Sage, but what I understand, from people like Chris Whitty, is that there is emerging evidence that hospitality venues are sites of transmission.
“And certainly, when you see the televised images of the close mixing of people without any kind of protective masks and so on, it seems intuitively rather likely, I think, that that also is the case.”
He said people potentially have had a sense of “false security”, adding that the second wave now being seen will put the NHS under pressure.
He said the NHS “getting swamped” is a “very bad outcome” due to the knock-on effect on managing other clinical conditions, adding that he believes the restrictions announced today are “absolutely necessary”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is today expected to set out tough new lockdown rules for England – which are reported to include closing pubs and restuarnst in areas of high infection.
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