Four nations approach to tackle coronavirus is ‘well off’

The Professor of Public Health at Edinburgh University says a four nations approach is 'well off'.

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Covid: UK has diverged from four nations approach.

The UK has diverged from using a four nations approach to tackle coronavirus, according to the Professor of Public Health at Edinburgh University.

On addressing the differences in restrictive measures brought in to several areas across the UK, Linda Bauld says “We are well off that”.

Speaking to the BBC on Sunday she said: “The differences are minor… but what I am concerned about is the mixing of households.

“In England it’s six people from any household, but then children are included including a baby which doesn’t quite make sense to me, and then in Scotland it’s a maximum of two households.

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“It’s that inter-household mixing which is more risky from a public health perspective.”

She said that “people are frustrated” and compliance with restrictions is not universal.

The measures are “relatively proportionate”, she added, and she stressed that it is important to support older and more vulnerable groups.