Expert who helped change No 10 Covid policy in first wave warns over risk of easing

Exclusive: Prof Sir Tim Gowers says ‘things will get bad very quickly’ after June if variant spread underestimated

The Cambridge professor whose argument against a herd immunity strategy helped trigger England’s first lockdown has voiced concerns about the risks of easing restrictions next month.

Prof Sir Tim Gowers sent Dominic Cummings a five-page document warning of the need to “move urgently to extreme containment measures” in March last year. Boris Johnson’s former chief aide told MPs this week it had influenced a critical change in the government’s early thinking, with lockdown announced two days later.

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