The infectious disease expert, Dr. Mike Tildesley said the government’s plan to keep non-essential stores open until 10 p.m. shouldn’t lead to a significant increase in coronavirus cases.
Dr. Tildesley, a member of the Spi-M modeling group that advises the government, told Times Radio, “Epidemiologically, this shouldn’t have much of an impact on increasing the risk.”
“The most important thing to me is provided people follow social distancing measures in place and we don’t have crowded stores. Then it should be okay to do so, and I can understand the need to revive the economy through prolonged opening hours. “
Dr. Tildesley said next week is the right time to reopen in England, although the decline in coronavirus infections in the country is leveling off.
He said, “We have seen an increase (in infections) but of course we need to remember that secondary school age children are tested every few days so we can expect more cases to come up because of why we saw those cases have been a little saturated in the last week or so.
“But hospital admissions and deaths are still falling, and that’s really important. We need to look at these metrics over the next few weeks to have confidence in the reopening.
“Carefully, I think the time is right to reopen – things are going pretty well.”
“Hopefully we are in a good position to relax, but take it cautiously in the hope that we can get back to normal by June,” he added.