UK's social distancing has flattened COVID-19 curve - science official

FILE PHOTO: Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence Angela McLean speaks during a COVID-19 Digital Press Conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 8, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s restrictions on social interactions to contain the coronavirus outbreak are working and have flattened the curve of new COVID-19 cases, a government science adviser said on Wednesday.

“What I see that encourages me ... is two weeks now of, definitely not increasing any more. I see a flattened curve,” said Angela McLean, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the government, referring to a slide showing details of new cases.

“For me that is evidence that what everyone has done together has worked.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas, Paul Sandle and William James, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison