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Party’s over as young people warned: Don’t be complacent

Got to stop: Revellers in Newcastle celebrate St Patrick’s Day PICTURE: NORTH NEWS

YOUNG people have been urged not to be complacent over Covid-19 by the government’s top scientific and medical advisers.

Chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty said the vast majority of people in all age groups would recover but it was a mistake for healthy youngsters to think they will all just ‘breeze through’ the pandemic.

And the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said everyone must now follow the advice for social distancing — and socialising in pubs and clubs must stop. Prof Whitty said that the ‘great majority’ of young people will suffer no symptoms or mild to moderate ones ‘but a very small proportion will have severe disease, even though they are young and healthy’.

Sir Patrick urged people to follow the measures set down by the government.

He said: ‘The mixing in pubs and restaurants and so on needs to stop… and it needs to stop among young people as well as older people.’