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Pubs in England could have to be closed in order for universities to reopen following month, a scientist advising the government has warned.

Professor Graham Medley, a part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said a “commerce off” might need to be made to guarantee full-time education could resume.

Concerns have turned into a rise in infections among young people following the amount of Covid-19 instances increased. 

Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s programme on Saturday, he said it was “quite possible” pubs could have to close to schools to reopen.

“I believe we’re in a situation where most people believe that opening schools is a priority to your health and wellbeing of children and that when we do that we are going to reconnect a lot of families.

“And so really, shutting some of those other networks, some of those other tasks may well be required to enable us to open schools.

“It might come down to a matter of which do you trade off against each other and then that’s a matter of prioritising, do we believe pubs are more important than schools? ”

He included that the boost in Covid-19 instances was mostly among young people,  but warned there was a danger it would “spill” over into other parts of the populace.

“The age distribution of infections has changed, it has moved down into younger age groups and thus it’s possible we obtained ’t notice that growth in hospital admissions associated with disease in the exact same manner we did in March,” he told the BBC.

“But the big fear is that the virus just gets out of control and we end up in a situation where there is a lot of virus which it necessarily spills out into all parts of the populace. ”

Prof Medley’s comments came as Boris Johnson battled some of his strategies  to further ease lockdown restrictions in England from August 1 “in order to keep the virus under control”.

Talking at a media conference in Downing Street on Friday, the prime minister said lifting these restrictions would be postponed until August 15 at the earliest.

It followed a warning by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, so that the nation had “likely reached the limits of what we can do in terms of opening up as a society”.

The growth speed and R worth of coronavirus transmission in the UK have shifted slightly in the previous week, based on figures published by the government.

Data released on Friday revealed the growth rate is now between minus 4 percent to minus 1 percent, in comparison to a rate of minus 5% to minus 1 percent every day, weekly.

Johnson has promised both secondary and primary schools will return in September “with complete attendance”.

Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said it should be a “national priority to get our kids back into school”. 

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Pubs in England could have to be closed in order for universities to reopen following month, a scientist advising the government has warned.

Professor Graham Medley, a part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said a “commerce off” might need to be made to guarantee full-time schooling could restart.

Concerns have turned into a rise in infections among young people following the amount of Covid-19 instances increased. 

Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme on Saturday, he said it was “rather possible” pubs could have to close to schools to reopen.

“I believe we’re in a situation where most people believe that opening schools is a priority to your health and wellbeing of children and that when we do this we are going to reconnect a lot of families.

“And so really, shutting some of those other networks, some of those other tasks may well be required to enable us to open schools.

“It might come down to a matter of which do you trade off against each other and then that’s a matter of prioritising, do we believe pubs are more important than schools? ”

He included that the boost in Covid-19 instances was mostly among young people,  but warned there was a danger it would “spill” over into other parts of the populace.

“The age distribution of infections has changed, it has moved down into younger age groups and thus it’s possible we obtained ’t notice that growth in hospital admissions associated with disease in the exact same manner we did in March,” he told the BBC.

“But the big fear is that the virus just gets out of control and we end up in a situation where there is a lot of virus which it necessarily spills out into all parts of the populace. ”

Prof Medley’s comments came as Boris Johnson battled some of his strategies  to further ease lockdown restrictions in England from August 1 “in order to keep the virus under control”.

Talking at a media conference in Downing Street on Friday, the prime minister said lifting these restrictions would be postponed until August 15 at the earliest.

It followed a warning by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, so that the nation had “likely reached the limits of what we can do in terms of opening up as a society”.

The growth speed and R worth of coronavirus transmission in the UK have shifted slightly in the previous week, based on figures published by the government.

Data released on Friday revealed the growth rate is now between minus 4 percent to minus 1 percent, in comparison to a rate of minus 5% to minus 1 percent every dayper week.

Johnson has promised both secondary and primary schools will return in September “with complete attendance”.

Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said it should be a “national priority to get our kids back into school”. 

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