Most neighbourhoods in England have recorded zero coronavirus cases in a month making a second national lockdown unnecessary, an expert has said.
Professor John Clancy, of Birmingham City University, has warned current fears of cities in Britain returning to lockdown are based on “dodgy data”.
Writing in a recent blog, Professor Clancy said: “91 per cent of England (that’s 51million people) live in neighbourhoods where there hasn’t been a recorded Covid-19 case in the last 4 weeks.”
He added: “So-called ‘spikes’ are occurring here, there, and everywhere up and down the country because new testing regimes are causing them either with false positives, picking up residual infections or (usually more likely) suddenly increased testing in specific areas.
“‘Just in case’ lockdowns are simply not an acceptable response to dodgy data. And lockdowns cause deaths.”
He said: “The reality is that increased and more widespread testing is leading, oddly enough, to finding more cases.
“This has not broadly led to increases in Covid-19 related deaths and hospital admissions in other so-called hotspots.”
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