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Covid infections must be 75 times lower for lockdown to be lifted, expert warns

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Coronavirus infections need to be 75 times lower than the current total before the UK can begin to lift lockdowns, an expert has warned.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of the Government's Sage advisory committee, said now is too soon as he thinks the number of Covid-19 infections needs to be below 10,000 before restrictions are lifted.

The number of people currently infected with the disease is 750,000, he said. Sir Jeremy warned that transmission is still so "incredibly high" that the UK would be going into lockdown today - a time when the Government is drawing up a "road map" to ease restrictions - if tough shutdowns weren't already in place.

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