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PremierLeague-News.Com - Sage member Professor Neil Ferguson said there could be restrictions for many months to come
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A government advisor and member of sage has said that coronavirus restrictions could be in place until the Autumn. Professor Neil Ferguson, whose early modelling of Covid-19 made him a key player in the UK's first lockdown, said he expected restrictions to be in place for months. Asked if there could be restrictions for many months to come, on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said: "Yes, and we can't predict all of these things in advance. "We couldn't have predicted this new variant coming up, but the new variant without doubt will make the relaxation of restrictions more difficult because it is substantially more transmissible. "So it will be a gradual process to the autumn." Some places in England are showing a plateau of covid-19 cases, but rates in Liverpool remain high. Prof Ferguson, who is director of the Medical Research Council's Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, said he would expect to see case numbers "continue to come down slowly at a national level" but with regional variations. Sign up for a new-look Echo newsletter It's never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the Liverpool Echo newsletter. Twice a day, seven days a week, we'll deliver the biggest stories straight to your inbox. We'll also send special breaking news emails too for the latest stories that matter. You won't miss a thing. How do I sign up? It's free, easy and takes no time at all.
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. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then click on the Echo Daily News button. There are other newsletters available too if you want them as well. When you've made your choice, press the Save Changes button. He said: "It will take longer though for hospital admissions - daily admissions - to start coming down and even longer for hospital bed occupancy to come down." Asked how many more weeks of rising hospital admissions and deaths the UK could be looking at, he said: "It critically depends on whether the lockdown we're in the moment will actually control growth in all areas. "But I would hope that hospital admissions might plateau, instead of keep going up, some time in the next week. "Hospital bed occupancy may continue to rise slowly for up to two weeks and deaths maybe even for longer. Find your nearest vaccination centre by using your postcode below "We're going to be well over 1,000 deaths a day, even measured by the date people die rather than the date deaths are reported, before numbers start coming down." Prof Ferguson said the total number of deaths in the UK "unfortunately is going to be well over 100,000, there's nothing we can do about that now". He said: "We can still get a very large epidemic, which unfortunately could kill many, many people, so what the modelling and all the analysis and all the groups feeding into Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) says is, we need to be very cautious in how we relax restrictions and try to ensure we get as high a vaccine coverage as possible."
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