Coronavirus in Scotland: Slow down, scientist warns Boris Johnson

One of the behavioural scientists advising ’s government has said the prime minister continually ignored advice to follow Scotland’s more cautious approach to lockdown.

Susan Michie, a member of the UK government’s scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage), made a public appeal to ministers to slow down.

She praised Nicola Sturgeon’s strategy of releasing the lockdown in gradual phases and accelerating or decelerating in response to case numbers and transmission.

Professor Michie, director of the centre for behaviour change at University College London, said Mr Johnson had ignored Sage advice to engage with the public about the benefits of the lockdown rather than trying to enforce it with fines.

She told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland: “I really respect the Scottish

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