THE death forecasts used to justify a new national lockdown were WRONG and second wave deaths won't top those in the first, according to reports.
The graphs used during Boris Johnson's TV address declaring a second lockdown showed predictions of 1,500 deaths a day by early December - a terrifying number that meant a UK-wide lockdown was inevitable.
But the government has now found that "an error" had crept into the graphs, making the numbers far too high, The Telegraph reported. As a result Downing Street has quietly amended the graphs, reducing the worst case scenario to just under 1,000 deaths per day.
The news came as Boris has said a four week lockdown in England is "enough" to make a "real impact" on coronavirus infection rates.
Speaking at a Downing Street news conference on the first day of England's second national lockdown, the prime minister expressed his hope of "as normal a Christmas as possible" after the month-long restrictions.
He stressed: "These measures, though they are tough, are time-limited… There is light at the end of the tunnel.”
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