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COVID-19 surge? Warning light is flashing, UK PM Johnson says

COVID-19 surge? Warning light is flashing, UK PM Johnson says

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a recent uptick in infections was a "warning light" which means he has to hit the brakes on the easing of lockdown as he postponed the reopening of closecontact services for at least two weeks.

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  • Last Updated: July 31, 2020, 5:18 PM IST
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LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a recent uptick in infections was a “warning light” which means he has to hit the brakes on the easing of lockdown as he postponed the re-opening of close-contact services for at least two weeks.

“I’ve said throughout the pandemic that there would be fresh outbreaks,” Johnson said at a news conference, asked if there could be a surge in infections.

“I said we would not hesitate to put on the brakes at the slightest sign that the numbers were going in the wrong direction. We’re now seeing a warning light on the dashboard.”

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England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said it wasn’t sensible to think of the uptick in infections as a second wave.

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  • First Published: July 31, 2020, 5:18 PM IST
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