Coronavirus UK spread shows early signs of slowing – key adviser

Epidemiologist Prof Neil Ferguson points to a decreased rate of hospital admissions

The spread of coronavirus in the UK is showing some early signs of slowing, according to Prof Neil Ferguson, a key epidemiologist advising the government.

Ferguson, whose modelling informed the government’s decision to impose a lockdown, said the data was showing some signs that social distancing measures were beginning to work, although it has not yet had an effect on the daily reported deaths.

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