He said it is important for Brits to be prepared for the next spike in coronavirus infections, and shared worries about pubs and restaurants opening up on July 4th.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said the next few months are crucial to controlling the spread of Covid-19 in the UK.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust said a “true” second wave will come in “October” and “November” and more people may lose their lives
Adding that it is “vital” for the UK to track and trace potential Covid-19 cases within 48 hours of transmission.
The UK will be hit by a second wave of coronavirus within the next three months, a top scientist has predicted.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Farrar said a “true” second wave will come in “October” and “November.”
“The next three months are absolutely critical.
He said: “We can prevent the national catastrophe that happened in March and April.
Sir Jeremy said the risk of other coughs and colds in the coming winter months could also be higher, playing a significant part in the next stage of Covid-19 management.
“But if we don’t have those core infrastructures in place, we will see a very nasty rebound in the winter.”
“We’re on a knife edge.
“Once you get behind it, you lose track of it – that’s what happened in the UK.
Sir Jeremy said: “We have got to move ahead of the pandemic.
He also told the show “more people could lose their lives” if the UK doesn’t “move ahead” of the pandemic.
“We were too slow, the epidemic took off.”
Adding: “Try and stay outside, try and stay in small numbers.
“Don’t get caught indoors in large groups of people from large numbers of households.”
On opening up the UK, he said there is no “zero risk” in any of this, and added that the country is not at the stage where the “virus has disappeared.”