The number of worldwide coronavirus cases has now officially surpassed six million, according to latest tallies.
It comes as over 367,000 people have died as a result of Covid-19 across the globe. A total of 2 .6 million have now recovered. Many countries around the world have restrictions in place in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
In the UK, there has been more 271,000 confirmed cases and over 38,000 deaths as lockdown restrictions are slowly being eased.
But three members Britain’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – which provides scientific advice for the government – have warned these measures are being introduced too early. The government has said it hopes that a “test and trace” regime, where contacts of known cases are asked to self-isolate, will contain the virus and help the country start to reopen.
Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of Britain’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said: “COVID-19 is spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England. TTI (test, trace, isolate) has to be in place, fully working, capable dealing any surge immediately, locally responsive, rapid results & infection rates have to be lower. And trusted,” he said on Twitter.
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