By Brenda Steele:
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
David Nabarro says ‘circuit breakers’ should be reserve rather than primary measure
National lockdowns should be used only as a “reserve” measure to control coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization’s special envoy on Covid.
Dr David Nabarro said “circuit breakers” should not be a “primary measure” for tackling the spread of Covid, as France prepares for its next national lockdown and Germany introduces tighter national measures.
The UK government continues to say it will do “everything we can” to avoid a national lockdown, despite pressure from its own advisers to impose one.
A leaked document produced by modellers on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) found that under a “reasonable worst-case scenario”, 85,000 people could die from a second Covid wave, and 356,000 people could be hospitalised.
If you have been watching the WHO Press conferences, this is what they have been saying all along, over and over again. You can get to them via this link:
The next one is tomorrow Friday 30th October – late afternoon.
So, what is the UK Government doing to get the test and trace system into shape? This makes scary reading.
How teenagers ended up operating crucial parts of England’s test and trace system
Until last week, the workers at the call centre were doing the simplest job in the tracing chain, calling those who have been identified as contacts of infected people and telling them to isolate themselves for 14 days, giving them some scripted advice and collecting a small amount of data. But last week, the call centre announced that all the workers on this contract were being “upskilled”. Instead of making these simple calls, they would now be calling infected patients and discovering all their contacts over the past fortnight. To use the official terms, they have suddenly been promoted from level 3 call handlers to level 2 clinical contact caseworkers.