Sources close to SAGE report discontent
Both of the government’s top advisers in the pandemic are on the verge of resigning because of Boris Johnson’s reckless refusal to implement tighter restrictions as scientists warn of 50,000-100,000 new cases per day by October if the spread of the coronavirus is not controlled, according to sources in and around the government’s ‘SAGE’ science group.
Whitty has gone public recently with recommendations for reduced social contact and is reportedly deeply frustrated with the determination of Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock to ignore advice.
Vallance is said to be in a similarly dissatisfied, though he is considered less likely to quit as his closeness to Dominic Cummings – seen in Vallance’s early advocacy of ‘herd immunity‘ – may hold him back.
Both men are reportedly wary of the likelihood that Johnson will try to saddle them with the blame for his failings – which his attempts to claim every decision is because of ‘the science’ have long preferred.
The Tories are dragging their heels over any national lockdown measures, even though weeks of localised restrictions have done nothing to prevent the UK seeing a second wave of exponential growth.
They do not intend to re-close schools or indoor hospitality venues, even though SAGE scientists know these are primary drivers of transmission.
Infections, hospitalisations and deaths are now doubling every week or so, while 80% of schools are believed to have cases.
The Department of Health and Social Care has denied the reports.
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