Britain must remain in full lockdown until June if it is to avoid the worst effects of the coronavirus, the government’s leading epidemiology adviser warned last night

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Professor Neil Ferguson, the man behind the Imperial College London report that made the Government change tact on the crisis said:

“We’re going to have to keep these measures [the full lockdown] in place, in my view, for a significant period of time — probably until the end of May, maybe even early June. May is optimistic.”

He said that when the lockdown was finally lifted, people would probably still be asked to enforce some forms of social distancing for months more. That could mean schools and universities not reopening until the autumn, and people told to continue working from home rather than return to their offices.


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