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Are the odds for England to face a second wave of infections?


The lockdown officially lifted yesterday across England after nearly 15 weeks, although people had been casting a blind eye to the restrictions way before this.

Call it lockdown fatigue or the Dominic Cummings effect, but after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief adviser caused a national uproar six weeks ago by justifying his repeated breaking of restrictions, more people have at best started embracing the spirit, rather than the letter, of the guidelines, and at worst ignoring them altogether.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2020, with the headline 'Are the odds for England to face a second wave of infections?'. Subscribe