UK at ‘critical point’ over Covid-19, top scientists to tell public

Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty to make TV appeal ahead of ‘challenging winter’

Britain’s most senior government scientists will make a direct appeal to the public on Monday, warning that the coronavirus trend is “heading in the wrong direction” and “a critical point has been reached”.

As Downing Street considers imposing nationwide curbs to contain a sharp jump in cases, the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, will make a rare live televised address alongside the UK chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

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