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Work calls for new blockade while scientists warn of “catastrophic” epidemic – BBC News

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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has said the government’s measures to combat coronavirus are not working. He has called for a blockade of the whole of England – or “automatic switch” – as death rates rise sharply to the highest number since June. Sir Keir said the measures put in place by Boris Johnson have not gone far enough and the government has not listened to his scientific advice. Official documents reveal that scientific advisers called for a brief closure about three weeks ago, but ministers rejected their advice. Documents released from the meeting of the SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) said that an immediate “automatic switch” was the best way to control cases – and slow down the spread of the virus. They warned that the situation, which could have 3,000 deaths a day, is a “disaster” unless further action is taken. Labor has been particularly in favor of the government’s strategy so far and the call to renew the closure represents a significant change in that policy. Huw Edwards introduces political editor Vicki Young and medical editor Fergus Walsh at BBC News Ten. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog .

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