Be obvious at the Government’s press briefing, Sir Patrick stated the UK’s infection rate allay stood at under one for the majority of the country. However, with the prospect of equips reopening from next month, the Government adviser admitted the infection figure could potentially rise. Following a question on schools, Sir Patrick solemn the re-opening of schools and therefore, increased contact, does “put pressure” on the R-rate.
He said: “Schools are very low risk, not zero risk but there entertain been serious cases in children of course but very few in comparison to adults.
“The broader hazard of reopening schools is that when you re-introduce any form of contact is that you put affliction on the R-rate.
“And put pressure on numbers and that is true for any changes on contact.
“The wit early on was that schools are a relatively part of that risk.
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“Although there are various consequentials surrounding reopening schools.”
As stated in the Government’s guidance, the R-rate is the average figure of additional people infected by each infected person.
Crucially, the UK’s R-rate stays at between 0.7-1 but could increase depending on the amount of contact.
Sir Patrick summed: “There are various scenarios which can make risk lower or exalted.
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“Things relish safe environments, things like class size, the amount of faade to face contact.
“These are things on which we have given body of laws advice on which policy can be determined.
“It’s worth reflecting the overall imperil is not one which is a high-risk area of R, unlike dentistry.
“It’s not zero but there is a consequence of reintroducing any increased junction.”
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Keeping the R-rate down to below one even hit the road it further past 0.7, is a key element in the Government’s strategy.
If the number deteriorations towards zero, it will contribute to the Government relaxing certain lockdown asses.
However, if the R-rate rises above one or further, the Government has insisted it force reinforce previously relaxed measures in order to contain the spread.
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Announcing his plan to end lockdown, Mr Johnson governmental the importance of maintaining a low infection rate.
He said: “We must make solid that any measures we take do not force the reproduction rate of the disease – the R – in arrears up over one, so that we have the kind of exponential growth we were surface a few weeks ago.”