Independent SAGE believes that the UK government must fundamentally change its approach and we propose a new overarching strategic objective of achieving a Zero COVID UK, i.e. the elimination of the virus from the UK. We believe this should be informed by science and debated in public, and a proper coordinated strategy for its achievement…Read more
The question of why more people from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds appear to be at greater risk of hospitalisation and deaths with COVID-19 – and the need for urgent action in order to address this – has become one of the most urgent issues in this pandemic in the UK.Read more
We don’t know if declines in positive confirmed cases are because fewer people are getting tested or fewer people having COVID19, or combination of both.
ONS continues to report that steady decline in new infections has stopped.
None of the nations mention contact tracing as a key part of COVID response and only Scotland encourages testing.
NHS Test and Trace is not reaching enough newly symptomatic people with COVID19.
Fewer than half of contacts reached within 3 days of a person being tested (from what data is available).
Crucial data on how many contacts are actually isolating or go on to develop symptoms is not there.
The lockdown in Leicester constitutes a foreseeable crisis of the Government’s own making. It has come too late and, by being imposed on the locality, rather than being developed and implemented with the locality, it risks creating uncertainty, dissent, and even disorder.Read more
We have deep concerns about the plans for shielding to be ‘paused’ on 1st August.Read more
Re-opening of pubs & restaurants on Independence Day ‘sends totally wrong message to public’Read more
Independent SAGE warns that it is not safe to relax social distancing rules for indoor settings and that the government’s proposal to reduce to 1 metre will ‘effectively end’ social distancing in Britain.Read more
Independent SAGE is deeply concerned about the current government contact tracing system. In our view is not fit for purpose.Read more
The Independent SAGE outlines in a new report what is required of an effective system to chase down every viral infection and prevent its ongoing spread.Read more
Matt Hancock said today that 85% of contacts had been traced. This is deeply misleading as it relates only to the 5407 individuals who were reached by contact tracers and ignores the 75% of new cases that were simply not found.Read more