Coronavirus cases are ‘rising exponentially’ across England as the R rate reaches 1.44.
The surge in coronavirus cases in England is being driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups.
A study commissioned by the Government found that infections have increased 50 per cent.
Covid measures should be about keeping people safe without restricting them, an expert has said.
Appearing on LBC radio, Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the Spi-B group of behavioural scientists advising ministers, said: “Economically it costs us far more to allow the infection to spread than to stop it.”
He added: “When people talk about Covid measures, actually people always think it means restrictions, a lot of the Covid measures should be about supporting us to keep us safe without restricting us and that’s what we need to be thinking about and we haven’t really been doing it.”
Prof Reicher continued: “When you look again at the figures overall you find that the countries which have been most robust in dealing with Covid, which have had the strongest public health measures and therefore have saved most lives, are also those who (have) economically done best so have been able to reopen.”
Prof Reicher, a member of the Spi-B group of behavioural scientists advising ministers, rejected a suggestion by LBC radio that scientists were “delighted” that they had “won the argument” over a four-week delay to the end of lockdown measures in the country.
He told LBC: “All of us were distraught. I personally was distraught, none of us want those restrictions.
“And we shouldn’t have been in this position if we’d acted properly and if we’d had proper safeguards to our borders, if we’d had proper support for people to self-isolate, and so on, I don’t think we would have been in this position.”