UK to keep some social distancing until vaccine available: epidemiologist

FILE PHOTO: A person in a protective suit near St James' Park as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Newcastle, Britain, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will probably have to maintain some level of social distancing until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is available, Neil Ferguson, a professor who has helped shape the government’s response to the pandemic, said on Thursday.

“We will have to maintain some level of social distancing, a significant level of social distancing, probably indefinitely until we have a vaccine available,” Ferguson told BBC radio.

Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Guy Faulconbridge