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Where is the evidence that early pub closures will lower infection rates?

Far from “following the science,” is Boris Johnson now making it up to suit his pandemic policies?

By Philip Ball  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

In imposing new rules and restrictions on public behaviour to try to stem the accelerating spread of coronavirus, is the British government still “following the science”? Some of the latest measures—which prime minister Boris Johnson has warned may be in place for up to six months—are puzzling, and many scientists, including some linked to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), have been critical of them. One of the most perplexing is the closure of pubs and bars at 10pm. Where did this come…

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