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UK coronavirus cases not accelerating but too early to call a peak: chief science adviser

Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance speaks during a COVID-19 Digital Press Conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 7, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is not seeing an acceleration in the number of cases of COVID-19 but it is too early to tell whether the coronavirus outbreak is peaking, the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said on Tuesday.

“There is a fairly steady increase in numbers. It’s possible we are beginning to see the beginning of change, in terms of the curve flattening a little bit. We won’t know that for sure for a week or so,” Vallance said at a news conference.

“But what we’re not seeing is an acceleration.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas, Paul Sandle and Elizabeth Howcroft, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by William James