UK expert brands COVID mainly a "psychological" problem as cases surge

Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University, said the concerns which have arisen over the last 15 months would take time to subside as people get used to living with Covid-19 as an infection which circulates in society.

'I think we have seen the consequences of the levels of fear and anxiety that have been generated in the population,' he said on Sky News.

'I think the situation that we’re dealing with now is really more of a psychological one than an epidemiological one,' Mr Dingwall said. 'Over the last couple of weeks the data haven’t really changed, the science hasn’t really changed.'