Coronavirus LIVE updates as warnings UK could face more local lockdowns

Coronavirus LIVE updates as warnings UK could face more local lockdowns

A key scientist in the coronavirus response warned that Bradford and Doncaster and the North West are “clearly of concern”, with high rates of the virus. Imperial College London’s Professor Neil Ferguson, who used to advise the government, until he broke lockdown rules, said it is "inevitable" we will have further local outbreaks as we relax lockdown rules. He told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme Bradford and Doncaster are "areas, where not as high as Leicester, but they have some of the highest numbers of cases per 100,000 of the population, which is the relevant measure, so they're clearly of concern." He also expressed concern about the North West. Meanwhile, it emerged that the United States has bought up almost all of the world's stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against the virus, leaving none for the rest of the world. Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for instance in the event of a vaccine becoming available, the Guardian reports. President Donald Trump's administration has already shown that it is prepared to outbid other countries to secure the medical supplies it needs for the US. Dr Andrew Hill, a senior visiting fellow at Liverpool University said the US has "got access to most of the drug supply [of remdesivir], so there's nothing for Europe." It has now bought more than 500,000 doses, which is all of ...
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