Professor Stephen Reicher, from the University of St Andrews and a member of the Sage sub-committee advising on behavioural science, told BBC Breakfast the public should take the Prime Minister’s announcement that social distancing could be scrapped in June with a pinch of salt.
He said: “I think we should take this with a little bit of a pinch of salt.
"Remember, he said it in the middle of an electioneering visit to the North of England, and clearly he wants to tell a good news story…
"He immediately qualified it by saying it depends on the data and how many infections there are and the state of things on June 21, nearly two months away.
“Now, if a week is a long time in politics, two months is an eternity in a pandemic.
"Remember, two months ago in India they were declaring the pandemic was
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