Covid LIVE: Lack of tests to cause New Year’s chaos – major fears over ‘perfect’ storm


Professor Peter Openshaw, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) said that the lack of lateral flow tests was “very worrying” as New Year’s parties would create the “perfect” conditions for coronavirus to spread.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “I think it’s very worrying indeed.

“We know the situations in which transmission happens and fortunately I don’t think we are facing the sort of lockdown that was necessary in order to cope in the very earliest part of this year.

“But we do know that crowding together in poorly ventilated spaces, particularly if you are shouting over loud music and so on, is absolutely perfect in terms of transmitting this very, very highly transmissible virus.”


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