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Two-metre social distancing rule based on outdated science that may have hugely overestimated coronavirus risk

Two-metre (6’6″) social distancing has come under further pressure from MPs and scientists, with criticism being levelled particularly at the economic damage this rule could inflict, especially on small businesses. This follows a study which last week found that distancing by just one metre (3’3″) still reduces the risk of catching coronavirus by 80 per cent – Telegraph

‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson admits Sweden used same science as UK – Telegraph

Matt Hancock is using test figures as PR, says watchdog – Times

Boris Johnson vows to provide security for Hong Kongers fearing authoritarian China – Express

Police are called in to control two-hour queues outside McDonald’s and one restaurant is forced to close because of ‘too many customers’ after fast food giant reopened 168 more drive-thrus – Mail

Daytrippers thronging to Britain’s beauty spots as restrictions are eased leave behind huge piles of rubbish, including bottles of human waste – Mail

Death rates for ethnic minorities in England up to double those of whites – Financial Times


Boris Johnson’s team is squandering public trust – Alex Massie, Times

It’s time for chancellor Rishi Sunak to fire up the boosters – Alex Brummer, Mail

Worst month since the crisis? These house price falls are only the beginning – Isabelle Fraser, Telegraph

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