UK may need to reintroduce national COVID-19 lockdown measures: expert


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The United Kingdom may need to consider reintroducing some national COVID-19 lockdown measures as it continues to se a steady rise in its cases, Reuters reports a leading epidemiologist to have said on Saturday.

The remarks by Neil Ferguson, a professor of epidemiology at London's Imperial College and a former government adviser, come as the country's new cases rose to their highest level since May.

Ferguson said the U.K. was facing a perfect storm" of rising infections as the country continues to reopen, with people returning to work and schools beginning to reopen.

"I think some additional measures are likely to be needed sooner rather than later," Reuters quotes Ferguson.

"Right now we're at about the levels of infection we were seeing in this country in late February, and if we leave it another two to four weeks we'll be back at levels we were seeing more back in mid-March, and that's going to - or could - cause deaths," Ferguson said.

The U.K. reported 4,422 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, 100 more than the figure posted on Friday and the highest daily total since March 8.

In total, the U.K. has reported 390,358 infections and 4,422 fatalities.