‘Eat out to help out’ may have caused fifth of Covid clusters over summer

Treasury rejects researcher’s claim that its scheme was closely linked to rise in cases

The treasury’s “eat out to help out” scheme could have directly caused almost a fifth of new coronavirus case clusters over the summer, new research suggests.

The paper, from Thiemo Fetzer, an economist at the University of Warwick, found that the scheme – in which the government funded discounts on food and non-alcoholic drinks at participating businesses Monday to Wednesday throughout August – was closely linked to an increase in cases over the summer.

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