Post-Xmas lockdown ‘too late’, says Sage member

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    A leading government adviser has said that a “circuit breaker” lockdown after Christmas would be “probably too late” and “we need to act now” to head of a huge surge of infections.

    Stephen Reicher, professor of social psychology at the University of St Andrews and member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said it was clear that plan B measures alone would not be enough to stop the spiralling numbers of cases.

    Prof Reicher, who was speaking to Times Radio in a personal capacity, said the time to act was now, adding “all the science suggests that (plan B is) not going to be enough”.

    He said: “The only way really, or at least the most effective way, we can have an immediate effect is to decrease the number of contacts we have.

    “In many ways, the most effective way of diminishing contact is to have a circuit-breaker.

    “Now, you could have it after Christmas, the problem is after Christmas it’s probably too late, it’s probably by then we will have had a huge surge of infections with all the impact upon society.

    “When people say ‘look, we don’t want to close down’, of course, we don’t want to close down. But the problem is at the moment, things are closing down anyway, because of the spread of infection.

    “So I think we need to act now.”

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