The local Director of Public Health in Tameside has written to all schools “strongly advising” them to delay further reopening from Monday for a fortnight on basis of PHE r estimate of 1.01 having advised the reopening previously on Sage estimate of 0.73...
"Overall view of SAGE is that the 'R' is between 0.7 and 0.9 and that it is higher in the south west of England and the north west of England" Health Secretary Matt Hancock says government will "crack down on localised outbreaks when they come" Latest:
@MattHancockMP seems to be saying SAGE apparently collate all the different calculations of R and create an average? Look at the danger of that, with this single graph
Matt Hancock on parts of the country having an R number higher than 1: "The discussion of the higher R in the north west and south west is an important part in moving towards a localised rather than a nationalised lockdown. The overall view of SAGE is the R remains below 1."
@SimonCalder @SimonCalderThe scientific advice is clear - as the number of infections within the UK drops, we must now manage the risk of transmissions being reintroduced from elsewhere. Read what our Chief Scientific Adviser (and SAGE participant) said on 22 May:
SAGE adviser Prof John Edmunds told a science media briefing 8k new infections a day (as calculated by ONS) was “a very high incidence” level - “many of us would prefer to see incidence down to lower levels before we relax measures - lifting the lockdown is a political decision”
Sage committee member and the director of the Wellcome Trust Jeremy Farrar says COVID-19 is spreading "too fast" for the government to lift lockdown measures
Whitty and Vallance make clear they are civil servants and don't want to get 'dragged into politics'. But Cummings' conduct is not a matter of politics, it's a matter of public health - as other members of Sage have made clear.
What a man. What a life. When I first broke into Hollywood, he welcomed me with open arms and some very sage advice I’ll forever take to heart. A true icon who impacted generations around the world. Rest in love, my friend. #imagination #stanlee ?
Prof John Edmunds from LSHTM and a SAGE advisor says 8,000 current infections a day in community is high and many scientists would have preferred incidence down to lower levels before we relax lockdown measures.
Some ancient sage is cackling at Trumps presidency arriving at the Chinese year of the Cock.