Experts warn Boris Johnson's "disturbing decision" to restrict gatherings "without scientific evidence".

The UK coronavirus response is being led by a "Dad's Army" of well-paid people with no experience, two leading scientists said as they urged Number 10 to stop panicking and abolish the controversial rule of six.

Oxford University Professors Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson accused Boris Johnson of making a number of "catastrophic" mistakes since returning to work in April after his own battle against the killer virus.

The pair warned Downing Street that limiting gatherings that came into force today was "worrying" and "has no scientific evidence to back it up", arguing that it could have "serious consequences."

And when they urged ministers to get on with life because it is "unrealistic" to curb the spread of Covid-19, they warned that the government's "throw of the dice" could bring the public over the edge and said it should To be “put under the spell”.

The British had one last pint together in the group last night before the new rule. The government urged families to shop their neighbors if they break the rules. The police can fine people up to £ 3,200 for breaking the guidelines.

Boris Johnson was "plagued by fears, doubts and fears," experts have warned of Rule Six legislation beginning today

Professor Heneghan and Professor Jefferson wrote in The Telegraph: "It is a troubling decision that has no scientific evidence to support it and potentially has significant social consequences."

The column criticized the prime minister's handling of the pandemic and warned that he was "plagued by fears, doubts and fears".

And it was said he made a number of mistakes since returning to work in April after battling the killer virus himself.

The two experts claimed those who led the UK's response to the pandemic were "little more than a father's army of highly paid individuals with little or no experience of the job at hand".

And they added: 'The rule of the six policy should be summarized.

When Boris Johnson returned to work in April after his treatment for coronavirus, he warned that lockdown restrictions must remain in place to prevent a second wave.

Professor Tom Jefferson has criticized the government's decision to enforce stricter lockdown rules

Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, said the new rules revealed a "fundamental misunderstanding" of the current state of the coronavirus in the UK

Professor Tom Jefferson (left) and Professor Carl Heneghan (right) have criticized the government's decision to enforce stricter lockdown rules


The number of people who can attend social gatherings has been reduced across the UK following a surge in coronavirus cases.

As of Monday, new rules have been introduced in England, Wales and Scotland.

However, they are applied slightly differently in each decentralized administration.


As of Monday, gatherings of more than six people will be illegal.

The rules apply across England to all ages and in any setting, either indoors or outdoors, at home or in a pub.

A single household or a support bubble larger than six can still rally.

Covid-safe venues such as places of worship, gyms, restaurants and pubs can still accommodate more than six people in total.

Education and work attitudes are not affected by the new rules.

Weddings and funerals can have a maximum of 30 people if they are conducted in a Covid-safe manner.


People in Wales can only meet indoors in groups of six or fewer and must all belong to the same extended household group.

Up to four households can join together to form an extended household.

But unlike in England, children under the age of 12 are exempt and do not count towards this amount.

Unlike in England, people can meet in groups of up to 30 people outdoors as long as social distance is maintained.

The changes do not apply in the Caerphilly district due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.


A maximum of six people from two households are allowed to meet in Scotland.

Just like in England, the new frontier applies when people meet in restaurants, pubs and beer gardens as well as at home.

However, children under the age of 12 who are part of the two households' meeting do not count towards the six person limit, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

There are "some limited exceptions" that cover organized sports and places of worship.

Up to 20 people can attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals, as well as receptions and vigils, which is stricter than in England and Wales.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has not announced any changes to how many people can gather. However, localized coronavirus restrictions have been put in place in Belfast and Ballymena.

People from two or more households in these areas cannot meet in private settings.

There are a number of limited exceptions, including childcare and households that have formed a social bubble with one another.

No more than six people from no more than two households are allowed to meet in private gardens.

In Northern Ireland, the number of people who can gather indoors in a private household was reduced from 10 people in four households to six people in two households last month as the number of Covid-19 cases increased.

Up to 15 people can meet outdoors.

Since then, the prime minister, worried by fears, doubts and fears and surrounded by a platoon of advisors, has made one cautious, catastrophic mistake after another.

"Last week's roll of the 'Rule of Six' dice could well be the policy that is driving the UK public over the edge, as it is a troubling decision that has no scientific evidence to support it, and which possibly ends. " great social consequences. & # 39;

Professor Heneghan and Professor Jefferson added, “At the Center for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University, we have spent years researching the effects of measures such as distancing on the spread of respiratory viruses.

& # 39; We are not aware of any study suggesting number six. If it's made up, why not five or seven? & # 39;

Professors continued to criticize the government's attempt to blame young people for a recent surge in Covid-19 infections, and asked what the purpose of the Eat Out to Help Out program would be if there was an increase in cases would lead.

They say the rule of six will have minimal impact, citing their years of research at the Oxford Center for Evidence Based Medicine, which was set up to improve day-to-day clinical practice.

They wrote, "The decision to restrict gatherings is at its core a fundamental misunderstanding of what is happening to the coronavirus in the UK."

The article points out that 600 Covid patients are currently in the hospital, compared with 17,000 at the height of the pandemic.

Five people died with Covid-19 yesterday, compared to an average of more than 1,000 at the height of the pandemic.

But the cases are on the rise. Another 3,330 infections were registered yesterday, an 11 percent increase from last Sunday.

Professor Heneghan is the director of the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine while Professor Jefferson is a Senior Associate Tutor and Volunteer there.

MailOnline reached out to # 10 and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs for a comment.

It comes when Crime and Police Minister Kit Malthouse confirmed this morning that families should report their neighbors if they saw they were breaking the rules.

And he did not rule out the possibility of a special hotline – although he insisted that the police's non-emergency number was the point of contact for the time being.

He said: “We are discussing what reporting mechanisms it could be. There is obviously the non-emergency number that people can call to report any issues they wish and certainly at the lockdown – the initial stage of the lockdown – we have seen an increase in these reports to the police.

“If people are concerned and believe that there has been a violation, that option is theirs.

"It is open to people to do this on the non-emergency number and if they are concerned and see something like this they should definitely think about it."

The tough tactic followed the cities last night as night owls denied one last hurray before the rules. The warm weather provided perfect conditions for the social gatherings.

Sun-drenched areas like Bournemouth, Brighton and Nottingham were packed yesterday before tough new regulations to combat rising coronavirus infection rates went into effect.

But it came when officials urged young people to heed their warnings and remember the "importance of the rules" as the total number of cases in Covid continues to rise.

Around 3,330 coronavirus cases were reported yesterday – an increase of 11 percent compared to last Sunday.

This is followed by 3,497 confirmed cases on Saturday and 3,539 cases on Friday.

But the number of deaths has not yet risen given the rising number of cases. In the darkest days of the crisis in April, more than 1,000 Britons died with Covid-19 every day.

Meanwhile, a report has found that up to 4.5 million people most at risk from Covid are being ordered to stay home under a new protection plan based on health, age and weight.

Letters with tailored advice are to be sent to individuals based on a new “risk model” that takes into account underlying health conditions, age, sex and weight.

It is being rolled out to areas with high rates of infection first, but a Whitehall source told The Sunday Telegraph, "If the rate is this worrying across England, we are ready to do it across the board."

The Final Countdown: Realizing Sunday might be their last big night, the drinkers made the most of the evening

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Last hurray: a drinker in Leeds gives a thumbs up on Sunday night before the new restrictions go into effect this morning

Last hurray: a drinker in Leeds gives a thumbs up on Sunday night before the new restrictions go into effect this morning

Beach goers unpacked the streets in Bournemouth before the 'Rule of Six' restrictions go into effect today, restricting contact

Beach goers unpacked the streets in Bournemouth before the 'Rule of Six' restrictions come into effect today, restricting contact

After it became known yesterday that Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds held a top secret baptism for their son on Saturday.

Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson's baptism was witnessed by few family and friends over the weekend, just days before the Six Restrictions rule went into effect.

There was no reception after the religious ceremony as the Prime Minister and Ms. Symonds reportedly wanted to set a good example to the public and abide by the rules of social distancing.

Downing Street declined to comment on the baptism. The couple did not post photos of the baptism or announce where it took place.

A source told The Sun: “After everything Boris and Carrie have been through this year, Wilfred's christening was a very special moment.

"You shared it with a small number of people and the service was simple but beautiful, with lots of tears and laughter."

The Prime Minister's four-month-old son was born on April 29, just weeks after Mr Johnson left intensive care after battling the coronavirus.

One of the baby's middle names, Nicholas, pays homage to the two doctors who cared for the prime minister in the battle against the deadly disease.

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