UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 40597 as another 55 patients die
Jun 12 2020
According to Department of Health figures, a further 245 people in the United Kingdom have died with coronavirus as of 5pm on Tuesday, taking the total to 41,128 deaths.
"The epidemic was doubling every three to four days before interventions were introduced".
"Had we introduced lockdown measures a week earlier, we would have then reduced the final death toll by at least a half."
Ferguson developed models that earlier this year predicted that hundreds of thousands would die unless the United Kingdom imposed drastic restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. Ferguson predicted that those numbers could more than double in both countries at worst. On March 23, there was a national blockade that prevented people from visiting friends and family with whom they do not live.
The aim was to identify those responsible for managing the response and determine whether criminal charges could be raised, she said, adding that once lawyers had time to prepare a case a separate wave of civil lawsuits would be likely in September.
Ferguson said the measures taken in March were justified "given what we knew about this virus in terms of its transmission and fatality".
Asked by Sky's Beth Rigby what the biggest regret is over the coronavirus response, Mr Johnson said "we're going to have to look back at all of it and the lessons we can learn", but that it was "premature" to do so now.
Ferguson sat on the SAGE committee, a group of scientists advising the government on Covid-19, and was a leading architect of the lockdown plan until he resigned after breaking lockdown rules to meet his lover.
More than a dozen states and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico have recorded their highest seven-day average of new cases since the pandemic began.
The chief scientific officer said more information was needed to answer the same question but he did not think Government would have got everything right.
Non-essential shops and outdoor spaces like zoos will be able to reopen in England starting Monday.
From Saturday, people living alone can stay at one other household by forming a "bubble". No new deaths were announced in both Scotland and Northern Ireland for the second consecutive day.