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Covid expert does not think 'firebreak' measures will be needed

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A Norwich infectious disease expert says he does not believe the country will enter a "firebreak" lockdown in autumn.

It comes as the i newspaper reported a senior government scientist from SAGE comments the government plans for an October "firebreak" Covid lockdown have been drawn up in the event hospitalisations continue at their current level.

The "firebreak" is rumoured to be a contingency plan for the government, with the i paper reporting this could involve the return to social distancing, limits on gathering, and closures of non-essential shops.

Downing Street denied the reports around October half term, but the government said there are "contingency plans" for a "range of scenarios".

Virologist, Paul Hunter, said Covid-19 was becoming an endemic disease.

Prof Hunter said: “I do not think one will be needed in October.

“The reason I do not think we will need one is I do not think we will be in the same position. I cannot see cases or hospitalisations going more than the levels we had last year."

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© Norwich Evening News

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