Record Covid spike due to drinkers heading to pub before lockdown, experts claim

Brits enjoying one "last hurrah" before the second lockdown began earlier this month are responsible for this week's record rise in daily Covid cases, experts have claimed.

On Thursday, November 12, the UK posted its highest ever rise in daily coronavirus cases as 33,470 people tested positive, and there are fears a pre-lockdown splurge may be to blame.

England's second lockdown began on November 5, and the weekend before was filled with riotious scenes up and down the country.

And those in power think that may have something to do with the large spike we're seeing in Covid-19 cases now.

A government source reportedly told the Sun: “The dates tally up. It’s very likely it is people who picked up Covid during the last hurrah before lockdown.”

And Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, agreed that Brits hitting the town one last time before lockdown may have fuelled the spike.

He said: “It is certainly plausible. It is a big jump in a single day and it’s hard to make a judgement on one piece of data.

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“But if cases remain this high for another day or so then it will pretty much be down to people having more social contacts – partying before lockdown.”

And Professor Carl Heneghan, from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, added: “These figures are going through the roof, and it’s not really surprising when we saw scenes like Christmas Eve last week before we went into lockdown.

“The problem is when these policies are drawn up the Government assumes everyone will behave, and they just don’t take account of the fact that many people saw it as a last chance to get out.

“We had some quite crazy scenes last week, with pubs and restaurants full."

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