Herman Cain died after being hospitalized with Covid-19

Henrietta Strickland
August 1, 2020

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday (July 30) he was anxious about a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and that the government would not hesitate to act to bring back quarantine measures if necessary to keep Britain safe.

He said: "I think politicians need to be careful about using language about a second wave starting to roll across Europe".

Cheryl Lloyd, education programme head at the Nuffield Foundation, said: "With concerns growing over a second wave of Covid-19 it is concerning that many people in England report not understanding the current Government guidance".

The UK has seen an increase of infections in some areas over the past week, and there are claims that the UK could be two weeks behind Europe, where there has been a spike in coronavirus cases.

"On Saturday August 1, you'll remember we had hoped to reopen a number of the higher-risk settings that had remained closed and today I'm saying we're postponing those changes for at least a fortnight".

On Thursday morning Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News, that a "second wave is starting to roll across Europe" and is "worried" as "we can see it coming" to the UK. "France now has more cases than we do, per day, and in Spain we saw the numbers shoot up which is why we had to take the rapid action that we did", Hancock said on Talk Radio.

The UK is Europe's most heavily-impacted country with more than 46,000 fatalities recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

This comes after similar decision to remove the so-called "air bridge" travel corridor with Spain on Saturday night.

"The general drop-off in understanding could be due to unclear messaging from the Government, or a reduction in interest and engagement from people, especially with the cessation of the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing in late June".

"We all know that what we have to try and do is to get to the absolute edge of what we can do in terms of opening up society and the economy without getting to the point where the virus starts to take off again", he said.

"We are working on whether by testing people during that quarantine it is safe to then be able to release them earlier". Find out when you should isolate and how long for.

Extending self-isolation will "help provide additional protection to others in the community", they added - particularly vulnerable people who have been shielding since March.

"Evidence, although still limited, has strengthened and shows that people with COVID-19 who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between 7 to 9 days after illness onset", the UK's Chief Medical Officers said in a statement.

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