Plan to lift lockdown by Easter ‘axed after warning of extra 91,000 deaths’

Plan to lift lockdown by Easter ‘axed after warning of extra 91,000 deaths’
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Lifting lockdown too soon would have caused tens of thousands of deaths, scientists warned

Plans to lift lockdown by April were shelved after Sage scientists warned it would cause 91,000 extra deaths and overwhelm the NHS.

Boris Johnson considered a proposal to reopen outdoor pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops by the Easter Bank Holiday as he plotted he roadmap out of Covid restrictions.

However, the date was pushed back after experts forecast it would cause a third wave with tens of thousands more deaths and hospital admissions.

Papers released on Monday showed that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned No 10 there would 30,000 more deaths even in the most optimistic scenario.

Modelling showed lifting all restrictions by April would lead to…



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