UK could see 200 daily deaths by November if COVID-19 cases continue to surge

Boris Johnson's chief scientific advisors have warned the UK could see 200 deaths a day by mid-November if the daily coronavirus cases continues to surge at the current rate.

Sir Patrick Vallance told a press conference there could be 50,000 new Covid-19 cases a day as early as mid-October if they continue to double every seven days.

He assured there a number of restrictions already in place to ensure case doubling does not continue, however suggested further measures could be put in place soon to help prevent the spread.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, who had been speaking alongside Sir Patrick, said the government were trying to asses the best way to "manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period.”

Explaining how the virus could spread, the scientists looked toward other countries such as Spain and France, which are experiencing a second surge, to see how it could be replicated in the UK.