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Health experts shoot-down calls to reduce social distancing

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A social distance sign in seen in Urmston, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A social distance sign in seen in Urmston, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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People walk past a sign encouraging social distancing in Dublin’s Phoenix Park (Brian Lawless/PA)

People walk past a sign encouraging social distancing in Dublin’s Phoenix Park (Brian Lawless/PA)

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A social distance sign in seen in Urmston, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Public health experts have shot down calls to reduce the two-metre social-distancing rule and warned it could lead to a fourfold increase in the transmission of the virus.

Senior health experts intervened amid growing political pressure to reduce the social-distancing restriction to one metre.