The UK government is accused of ignoring its own scientists, who three weeks ago suggested considering a so-called “circuit-breaker,” a short lockdown to bring coronavirus incidence levels down.
The governmental advisory body SAGE group -- the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies -- said in a document on September 21 that "a package of interventions will need to be adopted to prevent this exponential rise in cases."
The group also warned that other measures would be required if schools stayed open.
Its recommended actions included the circuit-breaker lockdown, widespread work-from-home practices, and the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and other personal services.
This document wasn't published until after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out new coronavirus regulations in parliament on Monday.