Covid: rush to get back to offices should be paused, says top UK expert

Prof Neil Ferguson says country should ‘pause at the headlong rush to get everybody back’

One of the UK’s top disease experts has suggested the government should “maybe pause at the headlong rush to get everybody back into offices” in England, as a minister admitted there was not yet a certified on-the-spot Covid test available.

Prof Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist from the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, warned there had been an “uptick” in Covid-related hospital admissions in the UK in recent days, with infections increasing across all areas.

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