Brits could see the nation plunged into chaos in just several weeks, a top scientist has revealed following an alarming rise in confirmed coronavirus cases across the continent.
It’s believed that scientific advisers to the government are concerned rising numbers across Europe could cause numbers in the United Kingdom to spiral.
The fresh warning comes after multiple areas across France, including the capital, Paris, are to enter a month-long lockdown period in a bid to eliminate the virus.
Sky News reports that an unidentified scientist fears that Britain isn’t “out of the woods” yet, despite over 660,000 vaccines administered on Thursday.
“Across Europe, numbers are going in the wrong direction and we should be wary of that because in the past that has led to increased numbers here,” they reported.
The broadcaster went on to add: “The decrease in cases [in the UK] is slowing down and we are at a more fragile point than we were a few weeks ago, we are in a place that’s a bit vulnerable.”
Currently the R number [reproductive rate of Covid-19 has slowly risen across the four corners of the UK this week after schools reopened to the main student body.
The scientist is believed to have said: “We don’t fully understand why we see cases going up here a couple of weeks after a rise across the Channel.
“It would be wrong to assume we are out of the woods. Things are still headed in the right direction overall. It’s headed in the right direction, only slower.”
As cases across the continental countries continue to rise, Italy has placed 20 of its regions into perhaps one of the strictest lockdowns, forcing all schools as well as non-essential shops to close their doors.
Currently, Edward Argar, Minister of State for Health, has said that the South African variant of the infectious disease, known as B.1.351 is at present the “most concerning” and one that the government should “keep the closest eye on”.
Yesterday, SAGE adviser, Professor Neil Ferguson urged Brits to avoid European holidays in a bid to stop the variant hitting our shores.
“Perhaps of more concern for the UK though is that some countries are notably seeing a significant fraction, five to 10 per cent of cases, of the South African variant,” he said on BBC Radio 4’s Today.
Professor Ferguson went on to add: “When infection levels go up in France, to 30,000 cases a day, that implies there are at least 1,500 to 2,000 cases a day of the South African variant. That is the variant we really do want to keep out of the UK.”