By Joe Davies For Mailonline
| 7 November 2020 |
Official data is ‘exaggerating’ the risk of Covid-19 and talk of a second wave is ‘misleading’, nearly 500 academics told Boris Johnson in open letter attacking lockdown.
The doctors and scientists said the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has become ‘disproportionate’ and that mass testing has distorted the risk of the virus.
They said tests are likely to be producing high numbers of ‘false positive’ results and the Government must do more to put infection and death rates within the context of normal seasonal rates.
The letter criticized the Government’s handling of coronavirus for ‘causing more harm than good’.
The open letter to the Prime Minister was signed by 469 medics and is titled First Do No Harm – the medical principle that a cure must never be worse than the disease itself.
The UK yesterday confirmed a further 24,957 positive Covid tests, up just 13.9 per cent on last week’s total as top scientists suggest the UK’s second wave of coronavirus has already peaked
A further 413 people have died after testing positive for the virus, official figures released today have revealed, bringing the UK’s total death toll during the pandemic to 48,888
It is signed by immunologist Dr Charlotte R Bell, paediatrician Dr Rosamond Jones, consultant surgeon and Keith Willison, Professor of Chemical Biology at Imperial College.
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