Ministers told ‘basket of measures’ such as continued home working can keep cases under control
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Government scientific advisers have urged ministers to bring in a “basket of measures” soon or risk daily hospitalisations soaring to between 2,000 and 7,000 next month as the new school term and returning office workers threaten to drive up cases of Covid.
Modellers on the Sage committee expect cases to rise in the coming months as people start to mix more freely, documents show. Daily hospitalisations could plausibly peak at 7,000 in England next month, far surpassing the winter peak which reached 4,500 UK-wide, according to updated modelling.