Britain at a very dangerous moment in the pandemic, health official says

FILE PHOTO: Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam speaks during Daily COVID-19 Digital News Conference chaired by Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock, along with Professor of Public Health & Epidemiology, Coordinator of the National Testing Effort, Professor John Newton, to update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 4, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is at a very dangerous moment as it starts to ease some of its lockdown measures, England’s deputy chief medical officer said on Saturday, warning that people would need to follow the guidelines and not “tear the pants out of it”.

Jonathan Van-Tam told the daily briefing that people have got to be “sensible and proportionate with the freedom that we absolutely want to give to people because we need to see loved ones”.

He said the public needed “to actually follow the guidance, don’t tear the pants out of it, and don’t go further than the guidance actually says”.

Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Giles Elgood

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