Coronavirus news – live: Police warn against big Easter gatherings as Whitty says treat virus like flu
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Police have warned people not to gather in large groups over the Easter weekend, with concerns that people may be tempted to meet inside as colder weather sweeps across the country.
The Metropolitan Police said large gatherings, including house parties and illegal raves over the long bank holiday weekend will be shut down.
But police chiefs are also worried that the new rules – which allow up to six people or two households to meet outdoors – are “almost impossible to enforce”.
It comes as England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said that coronavirus will eventually have to be managed in a similar way to serious seasonal viruses such as flu and repeated his assertion that Covid-19 is not going to go away.
Speaking during an online Royal Society of Medicine event, Prof Whitty said: “It is not fly, it is a completely different disease, but the point I am making is here is a seasonal, very dangerous disease that kills thousands of people every year, and society has chosen a particular way around it.”