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COVID measures might need to be tightened as deaths rise in England: official

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Staithes

LONDON (Reuters) – COVID measures in England might need to be tightened and deaths are likely to increase as a second wave of coronavirus infections in England picks up pace, deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Tuesday.

“We’re running now with the brakes partially on and the ‘R’ (reproduction) is 1.3 to 1.5 … so we can’t take the brake off on this and we may have to push on the pedal a little harder to get it back under control,” Van Tam said at a news conference

“Do I expect the trend in deaths to continue upwards? Yes. Unfortunately I do.”

(Reporting by Andy Bruce and Stephen Addison, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by William James)

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