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Coronavirus map LIVE: It's too late! UK weeks away from second wave expert warns

The Prime Minister delayed easing lockdown measures amid concerns of a rise in certain cities across the country. Boris Johnson also added Spain to

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The Prime Minister delayed easing lockdown measures amid concerns of a rise in certain cities across the country. Boris Johnson also added Spain to the list of countries requiring travellers to self-isolate on their return to the UK. This is due to a surge in cases in the northern region of Catalonia in the last few weeks causing the Prime Minister to warn of a second wave spreading across Europe. However, data expert John Burn-Murdoch has indicated due to the timing of the UK’s lockdown in comparison to Spain, Britain is only a matter of weeks away from a experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 cases. 

He said during an interview on LBC: “The virus will circulate in different countries at different times, the fact that the UK locked down later and therefore eased its lockdown later means we are a few weeks behind other countries in seeing those upticks.

“With a virus like Covid those numbers can increase extremely quickly.

“If we look at somewhere like Spain, the rate of new cases in Spain increased by 700 to 800 percent in a matter of weeks.

“So that 0.07 percent, you could find in the space of a week or two that number could double one day, double the next day.

“It’s about stalling that momentum because of that exponential nature of how the virus spreads those numbers can go from tiny to still small but considerably higher very quickly.”

7.28am update: UK a matter of weeks behind Spain 

Amid Boris Johnson’s concerns over a second wave of coronavirus spreading across Europe, data expert John Burn-Murdoch warned the UK is only a matter of weeks away from a second wave of the virus. 

He told LBC: “The virus will circulate in different countries at different times, the fact that the UK locked down later and therefore eased its lockdown later, means we are a few weeks behind other countries in seeing those upticks.

“With a virus like Covid those numbers can increase extremely quickly.

“If we look at somewhere like Spain, the rate of new cases in Spain increased by 700 to 800 percent in a matter of weeks.

“So that 0.07 percent, you could find in the space of a week or two that number could double one day, double the next day.

“It’s about stalling that momentum because of that exponential nature of how the virus spreads those numbers can go from tiny to still small but considerably higher very quickly.”



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