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Cycle to work to reduce coronavirus risk, says Government adviser

'The sooner we all act, the sooner we can get this transmission rate down, and the greater the prospect of having a Christmas with our families'...

People should cycle to work and avoid public transport if possible to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in the coming months, a Government adviser has said.

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the Government’s new and emerging respiratory virus threats advisory group (Nervtag), urged members of the public to not wait for Government guidance and to act if they are worried about rising Covid cases.

 Prof Openshaw told BBC Breakfast: “I think take matters into your own hands. Don’t wait necessarily for Government policy.

"I’m very, very reluctant now to go into crowded spaces because I know that roughly one in 60 people in a crowded space are going to have the virus.

“If you can, cycle to work, don’t go on public transport.

“I think do everything possible in your control to try to reduce transmission. Don’t wait for the Government to change policy.

“The sooner we all act, the sooner we can get this transmission rate down, and the greater the prospect of having a Christmas with our families.”

The professor, who was speaking in a personal capacity, said he feared another lockdown at Christmas if action wasn’t taken immediately, the i newspaper reports. 

“We all really, really want a wonderful family Christmas where we can all get back together.

“If that’s what we want, we need to get these measures in place now in order to get transmission rates right down so that we can actually get together and see one another over Christmas,” he said.

His comments come amid increasing pressure on the Government to introduce more public health measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said this week that new cases could reach 100,000 a day but Downing Street insisted there was still spare capacity in the NHS and that Plan B would only be activated if it came under 'significant pressure'.

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