Advisers warn tens of thousands more will die of Covid-19 as lockdown eases – The Times

Tens of thousands more people will die of Covid-19 as Britain opens up, government scientific advisers have concluded.

Even a gradual easing during the spring is likely to produce a peak on the scale of last month or last April because so many people remain susceptible, according to modelling by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

Lifting all restrictions from the end of April would lead to a far bigger wave of hospital admissions than last month and some limits on social contact will be needed into the summer, the models suggest.

Sage told ministers last week that mask-wearing, avoiding crowds and contact tracing may be needed indefinitely to keep the virus under control.

The group recommended five-week gaps between rounds of easing to