Andrew Marr (left) interviewing Vladimir Putin ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

A new outbreak of new respiratory illnesses means Britain is facing a “pretty miserable winter” that could see further lockouts, scientists warn.

Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Sage Advisory Group, which advises the government, said children and the elderly would be vulnerable to endemic viruses by the end of the year.

One more health expert and Government adviser warned winter disablement could become necessary if hospitals eventually become “overwhelmed”

Professor Semple told Times Radio ‘I suspect we’ll have a pretty miserable winter because the other respiratory viruses are going to come back and bite us quite hard. But after that, I think we’ll be seeing business as normal next year.

Professor Semple spoke of a ‘fourth wave winter’ but added that it would be a lot milDer than previous ones.

Dr Susan Hopkins, head of strategic reaction department for Covid-19 at Public Health England (PHE), also warned that cases may increase by the end of the year.

This means that the number of deaths, who for the first time test positive for the virus within the last 28 days, is lower than this daily benchmark (7.692).

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