GMB: Expert explains rise in cases and what exactly it could mean

A medical expert has told Good Morning Britain what the big rise in cases could mean – and what people need to do to keep it down.

Figures released on Sunday showed the number of positive cases of coronavirus has risen to 2,988.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he was “concerned” about a rise in cases “predominantly among young people”.

The total is the highest number reported on a single day since 22 May and a rise of 1,175 on Saturday, according to the UK government’s coronavirus dashboard.

And on GMB Professor Devi Sridhar revealed that the UK is at the ‘warning sign’ stage – and need to take action to avoid ‘exponential’ growth.

Prof Sridhar said: “Experts are concerned because it does look like the number of cases are starting to increase and once you reach past a certain point of exponential growth it’s very hard to reverse it without quite severe restrictions and we’re trying to avoid that. We’re trying to keep the progress we’ve made – to release lockdown and keep schools open.

“So I think right now there are some really hard decisions for ministers to what they want to do. Where is transmission occurring, can you do targeted measures towards those places and how do you increase your system and get your testing system working which still seems to be not at where it needs to be.”

Presenter Piers Morgan added: “We had an email from Debbie: ‘My children’s school was back for one day on Friday. We got an email last night telling us five teachers tested positive and the school is now closed again.’

“That’s obviously very concerning and I come back to what’s happing in other parts of Europe. How significant is it in France for example where the percentage of cases which are positive are rising hospitalisations are rising and sadly deaths are rising. Are we going to get that definitely or are there measures we can do right now to stop this?”

Prof Sridhar replied: “There are measures we can do. This is the warning sign for each of us to be a bit more cautious about our behaviour. Avoid crowded places avoid riskier settings. We want schools to stay open.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he was “concerned” about a rise in cases “predominantly among young people”.

Two further deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded, taking the total number of UK deaths to 41,551.

Mr Hancock added: “It’s so important that everybody does their bit and follows the social distancing because it doesn’t matter how old you are, how affected you might be by this disease, you can pass the disease on to others.”

“So don’t pass the disease on to your grandparents if you’re a young person, everybody needs to follow the social distancing.”

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