'Professor Lockdown' Neil Ferguson warns Covid infections are continuing to spill out of care homes
Coronavirus infections in care homes are continuing to spill into the community and will keep daily cases steady until September, 'Professor Lockdown' Neil Ferguson has warned.
The Imperial College London scientist - whose grim modelling of the pandemic has been used to steer the Government through the crisis - said he was ‘shocked’ by how badly the sector had been protected during the outbreak.
He claimed the R rate - the average number of people a Covid-19 patient infects - will remain only marginally below one because staff are still carrying the disease out of the homes. It must stay below one or Britain faces another crisis.
Professor Ferguson suggested that infections could spiral back out of control again in the cold winter months when the virus thrives and lockdown restrictions are eased even more.
He made the comments at a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on Tuesday during his first public appearance since flouting stay at home rules to have secret trysts with his married mistress last month.
And the professor - whose grim warning that 500,000 Brits may die from Covid-19 without action triggered lockdown - admitted Sweden may have suppressed its outbreak as well as Britain without imposing the draconian measures.
Professor Ferguson told Peers: 'I, like many people, am shocked about how badly European – or countries around the world – have protected care home populations.
'The infections in care homes and hospitals spill back into the community, more commonly through people who work in those institutions.
'If you can drive the infection rates low in ...
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