Covid LIVE: Cases down 35% in a week following Boris’ lockdown risk — a win for liberty
COVID-19 cases have reduced for three days in a row, thanks to the vaccination of 36,762,646 Britons.
According to official data, the number of new COVID cases in the UK has decreased for the third day in a row. In the last 24 hours, the country has seen 36,389 new cases and 64 additional coronavirus-related deaths. When compared to this time last week, when there were 51,870 cases and 49 deaths, the number of illnesses has dropped by over 15,000 instances.
There were 39,906 illnesses and 84 deaths reported yesterday.
The overall increase in coronavirus cases is prompting fears that lockdown rules will be reinstated in the coming weeks, with one scientific advisor encouraging Boris Johnson to act and a Whitehall insider claiming the measures would be used only as a “last option.”
“First ignore the difficulties and deny that action is required, then admit there is a problem and tell people it is up to them to respond, then, belatedly, impose tougher limitations than would have been required if action had been taken earlier,” the scientific assistant told the Independent.
The Prime Minister spent Independence Day at Chequers in Buckinghamshire, his country home.
After coming into contact with the double-vaccinated Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, who tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend, he and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are both self-isolating.
Mr Johnson’s spokesman said that the Prime Minister had tested negative, but that he would remain in isolation until July 26.
Sajid Javid, the British Health Secretary, who is presently in isolation due to COVID-19, predicted last week that the number of daily infections would approach 100,000 in the coming weeks.
However, one of the government’s top scientific experts has cautioned that the figure might quadruple.
“That’s when the crystal ball starts to fail,” said Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist who studies infectious disease distribution patterns.
“I mean, we could get to 2,000 hospitalizations a day, 200,000 cases a day – but it’s not a sure thing.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson must decide whether or not to revert to lockdown, following Australia’s lead, which is now on lockdown 5.
Currently, 4,094 Britons with COVID-19 are in hospitals, with 573 of them on ventilators.
According to Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, almost 60% of those hospitalized to hospitals had not been vaccinated.
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