Covid UK: scientists at loggerheads over approach to new restrictions

Two groups of prominent scientists write open letters with conflicting advice on how to tackle virus

Rival groups of scientists are at loggerheads over how government should handle the Covid pandemic, with one advising that only over-65s and the vulnerable should be shielded, while the other backs nationwide measures.

The conflicting advice to the UK government and chief medical officers (CMOs) came in two open letters issued on Monday by the rival camps.

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