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Boris Johnson's 10 p.m. pub curfew was based on calculations on the back of a Fag package.


Boris Johnson's 10pm pubs and restaurants curfew was based on "back-of-the-fag package calculations" and was not endorsed by Sage, government sources claimed.

Insiders said the tightening of coronavirus restrictions departed from the prime minister's advice and was not based on thorough research.

Members of Sage, the panel of scientific experts chaired by Sir Patrick Vallance, are increasingly frustrated that they are being outvoted while being scapegoated for the tougher measures, the Telegraph said.

The announcement that pubs and restaurants would be closed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday met with dismay among hospitality bosses.

Insiders said the tightening of coronavirus restrictions departed from the prime minister's advice and was not based on thorough research. Pictured: London on Thursday

Members of Sage, the panel of scientific experts chaired by Sir Patrick Vallance, are growing frustrated that they are being outvoted while being scapegoated for tougher measures. Pictured: Boris Johnson

Members of Sage, the panel of scientific experts chaired by Sir Patrick Vallance, are increasingly frustrated at being outvoted while being scapegoated for the tougher action. Pictured: Boris Johnson

The move also raised eyebrows in the scientific community, where a former director of the World Health Organization, Professor Karol Sikora, said, “Where is the evidence? Closing a little early is going to hurt so many business owners. & # 39;

Wise scholars are reportedly calling on the government to publish their advice in order to rid them of any involvement in dealing with a pub curfew.

A government spokesman said the advice will be posted online in due course when the issues are no longer discussed live.

Ministers have repeatedly insisted that they be “science led” throughout the pandemic, but are also forced to reflect on the economic implications.

But the move, which was aimed at combating a sharp surge in infections recently, enraged landlords, restaurateurs and customers who said it could cut revenues drastically.

Pictured: Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance at a UK coronavirus briefing earlier this month

Pictured: Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance at a UK coronavirus briefing earlier this month

The UK's coronavirus R rate could now be up to 1.5, government scientific advisors warned on Friday after spikes across all regions of the country

The UK's coronavirus R rate could now be up to 1.5, government scientific advisors warned on Friday after spikes across all regions of the country

Kate Nicholls of the retail group Hospitality UK said revenue could be cut by up to 50 percent.

She also pointed to statistics from Public Health England, which showed that attitudes toward food and drink only contributed five percent of national outbreaks.

Footage from Thursday night when the curfew began saw crowds without social distance huddle onto the street after being ordered to leave at the same time.

Jeremy King, executive director of Corbin and King, whose London restaurants include The Wolseley and The Dalauney, demanded to see the evidence behind the curfew.

SAGE scientists suggested a plan for EVERYONE over 45 to shield at home

Scientists advising the government on coronavirus are considering a plan to urge everyone over 45 to protect themselves.

It has been suggested that people over 45 were at higher risk for the virus and were more likely to die from it, so they could be "segmented" by the rest of the population. The proposal, published in Posts by the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), was ultimately rejected because it was considered unlikely.

However, it is still under review and the news about it follows a similar option worked out by officials to target those potentially over-50 with another lockdown.

The minutes of the 48th Meeting of the Wise Scientists on July 23 state: “Although children under 45 are at lower risk from Covid-19, including a lower risk of death, they are nonetheless exposed to some risk and long-term consequences (Consequences ) are not well understood. & # 39;

The document adds: “Around two-thirds of people in the UK live in households with one or more people aged 45 and over. Segmentation based on this age threshold would therefore affect most households. "

The “segmentation” examined would have affected people over the age of 45, which at the beginning of the pandemic meant staying at home and avoiding unnecessary contact with others.

The July 16 minutes indicate that there is likely “merit” to segment society by age, particularly “for vulnerable people and those who are likely to have more contact with vulnerable people”.

It goes on: “Data shows that people tend to have more contact with other people their age, but also a significant number of contacts with people who are 20 to 30 years older and younger than themselves (probably mainly contacts between parents and Children). .

"There is also considerable contact between grandparents and children."

He told Sky News, "What's the science behind getting people out on the streets at 10 p.m. and filling the tubes and buses?"

It comes after the authorities were seen visiting London pubs at 10pm last night to trick drinkers after Westminster City "funny police" peeked through mailboxes after the curfew looking for barriers.

Restrictions currently in place across England prohibit venues from opening after 10 p.m. to slow the spread of Covid-19 infections.

Almost 18 million Britons will live under even stricter coronavirus restrictions at 6 p.m. tomorrow after the UK announced a record of 6,874 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Leeds drinkers indulged one last night before being banned from mingling with other households at home or in pubs, bars, restaurants and parks after midnight as Wigan, Stockport and Blackpool also put draconian measures in place.

Households in the Welsh town of Llanelli are banned from entering each other's homes and gardens after 6pm today. The two largest cities in the country, Cardiff and Swansea, will follow suit in the next 24 hours. Residents are also prohibited from entering or leaving the areas without a "reasonable excuse".

It comes after lockdowns have already been imposed in much of the North East and North West of England.

More than a quarter of the UK will be subject to more severe restrictions, including half of the Welsh population.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there has been "an acceleration in Covid-19 cases across the country, particularly in the northwest and northeast".

"Working with our science and public health experts and local leaders, we stand ready to take swift and decisive action to reduce virus transmission and protect communities," he said. "I recognize the stress and impact of these additional measures on our daily lives, but we must act together and quickly to fight infection."

Health chiefs are reportedly considering plans to make face masks mandatory in most workplaces to help curb the spread of the virus. Office workers are expected to be exempt from the measures while seated, but must wear a mask in corridors, elevators or common areas.

As cases continue to rise, a surge in cases and hospital admissions has put London on the national watchlist for bans as the capital's R-rate is between 1.2 and 1.5 – the same level as the Northwest, Northeast and of the USA Midlands, all of which have been hit by additional Covid-19 measures.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has already called for a ban on mixing people in each other's households and, in an interview with the Prime Minister, claimed that "if you are late, we will be in a northeast, northwest, Birmingham-type situation" . .

Hundreds of students in Manchester were isolated after 127 tested positive for the virus on Birley campus and the Cambridge Halls of Manchester Metropolitan University, as the rate of spread in the city went from 93.2 a week ago to 185.6 per 100,000 increases.

Number 10's panel of experts, SAGE, also warned that the virus reproductive rate could be as high as that for the UK as a whole.

This is the advisory panel's highest forecast since it began tracking the disease's growth in June, and is slightly above last week's estimate of 1.1-1.4.

If the R-rate – the number of people each infected patient passes the disease on to – stays above one, the outbreak will continue to rise and cases will continue to rise, putting the risk of local Covid-19 outbreaks out of control advised and become regional and even national problems.

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