On current path, UK risks exponential increase in deaths, says top medic

Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty walks in Westminster, in London, Britain September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - If the spread of COVID-19 in Britain continues on its current trajectory, direct deaths from the virus will continue to rise, potentially exponentially, the government’s chief medical adviser said on Monday.

“If this continued along the path ... the number of deaths directly from COVID ... will continue to rise, potentially on an exponential curve, that means doubling and doubling and doubling again and you can quickly move from really quite small numbers to really very large numbers,” Whitty said during an official briefing.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Elizabeth Piper, writing by Estelle Shirbon