VE Day celebrations could ‘lead to spike in coronavirus infections’, says scientist

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Today Prof John Wright, from Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), said there had been a noticeable rise in cases days after the landmark anniversary – and there are fears the end of Ramadan could have a similar effect

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"So these cases would have been incubating since the week before - and possibly since the communal gatherings on VE Day, six days earlier." VE Day - the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe in World War Two - would have been marked in a huge way at any other time. But in this current climate, communities did what they could within lockdown limitations. Although staff at the A&E department at BRI were acutely aware of a lack of care in social distancing as they dealt with many assault cases involving alcohol that night. A&E consultant David Greenhorn said: "It's not possible to punch someone from 2m away."

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