Advisers say action was needed weeks ago and anti-lockdown fringe has too much influence
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Scientists advising the UK government believe the planned new Covid restrictions do not go far enough and “fringe” anti-lockdown epidemiologists are gaining too much attention, the Guardian has learned.
Members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) believe that a potential shutdown of pubs and restaurants in the north and Midlands, which is expected next week after delays that one MP has called “reckless”, are unlikely to bring cases down to a more manageable level.