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3rd August 2021, 14:51

Outgoing Public Health Director warns of potential autumn spike

The outgoing Director of Public Health has warned of the panoply of issues which could possibly lead to complications for the management of Covid 19 in the autumn.

In an interview with GBC, Dr Sohail Bhatti, whose contract has not been extended, warned that the return of children to school will create new transmission bridges for the Delta variant, and this coupled with the return of other seasonal viruses, and an under stress health service, could be 'traumatic'.

Dr Bhatti said he was sad to leave the role, saying many things had been left unfinished, but also added he would not contradict the Chief Minister's reasons for his contract not having been renewed.

He spoke to Jonathan Sacramento who asked him what lessons had been learned about the management of the pandemic.