Prof Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical adviser, has been sent on to the airwaves this morning to address the nation.
‘We’ve got to be very clear that we are now at the worst point of this epidemic for the UK,’ he told on BBC Breakfast.
‘We’re now at a situation where in the UK as a whole around one in 50 people is infected and in London it’s around one in 30, in parts of London it’s around one in 20. So there’s a very high chance that if you meet someone unnecessarily they will have Covid,’ he added.
Whitty does not normally give interviews, but he’s a familiar figure from the No 10 press conferences, where his normal role is to provide some sort of ‘reality check’ counterpoint to the prime minister’s heady optimism
Government’s chief medical adviser says there is ‘high chance that if you meet someone unnecessarily, they will have Covid’