Speaking at the Government’s press briefing, Sir Patrick stated the UK’s infection rate still stood at under one for the majority of the country.
However, with the prospect of schools reopening from next month, the Government adviser admitted the infection rate could potentially rise.
Following a question on schools, Sir Patrick stated the re-opening of schools and therefore, increased contact, does “put pressure” on the R-rate.
He said: “The broader risk of reopening schools is that when you re-introduce any form of contact is that you put pressure on the R-rate.
“And put pressure on numbers and that is true for any changes put forward on contact.
“The judgement early on was that schools are a very part of that risk.
“Although there are various consequentials around reopening schools.”
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Published at Fri, 22 May 2020 16:39:00 +0000