Oxford University Professor: “I’ve been doing this job for 25 years and I can tell you can’t establish a quantifiable number in such a short time frame.”
As London and the entire South East of the UK was plunged into a new, even more stringent lockdown, scores of countries have banned all travel to and from the UK, France say even banned freight from our ports, causing 14 mile tailbacks, Oxford scientists are demanding to see the evidence that there is a 70% more contagious mutant strain of COVID, having not been shown anything by the government.
Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University and THE world authority on viruses, has expressed scepticism over the 70 per cent figure.
“I’ve been doing this job for 25 years and I can tell you can’t establish a quantifiable number in such a short time frame,” Heneghan told the Daily Mail
“Every expert is saying it’s too early to draw such an inference,” the professor added.
“I would want to have very clear evidence rather than ‘we think it’s more transmissible’ so we can see if it is or not,” Heneghan continued. “It has massive implications, it’s causing fear and panic, but we should not be in this situation when the Government is putting out data that is unquantifiable,” the professor further urged.
“They are fitting the data to the evidence. They see cases rising and they are looking for evidence to explain it,” Heneghan declared.
The ‘mutant strain’ has been circulating since September, according to the government, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson using it to justify literally cancelling Christmas.
Within minutes of Johnson making the announcement that London and the South East would be locked down at midnight on Saturday, thousands of people crammed into train stations in an attempt to escape to other parts of the country, in scenes reminiscent of the 1930s German and dystopian films like War of The Worlds and I Am Legend.
Some Conservative MPs, who were already rebelling against the tier 3 lockdown, have called for all the scientific evidence the government has to be made public.
The government was accused of being ‘bounced by the science’, with former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith noting that Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are ‘stepping back into the shadows when it suits them’.
Others have seen it for the lying shit-show that it really is.
Meanwhile, the BBC, have begun referring to the the mysterious new strain as "the new, more deadly strain" again, spreading fear and panic in the public as even Whitty and Vallance said there is now evidence that the new strain is any more deadly than the standard variant.