Plans for a ‘firebreak lockdown’ have been laid out for the winter to keep the NHS from becoming overburdened.
BORIS JOHNSON is in favor of winter firebreak lockdowns, according to sources, to keep the NHS from becoming overburdened.
The government and scientific experts are preparing for probable surges in the following months, based on the promising evidence. On Friday, the UK recorded 31,808 new coronavirus infections, with 92 deaths linked to COVID-19.
Whitehall officials told the I that growing flu infections, as well as positive Covid infections, are causing anxiety, which is exacerbated by NHS staffing shortages.
Experts believe that as schools and offices reopen in September, the number of illnesses will climb again.
Staff from the National Health Service (NHS) taking sick leave after working for more than 18 months throughout the epidemic is also a source of concern.
According to a No. 10 adviser, “Following the vaccination rollout, the government believes it has a handle on the pandemic.
“With the exception of a new vaccine-resistant strain, concerns about an increase in infections similar to those seen last autumn are offset by other concerns such as an NHS staffing crisis and the expected comeback of flu and other respiratory disorders.
“These reasons, in addition to the Covid infections, might push the NHS back to the brink and necessitate more lockdowns.”
In the United Kingdom, little under 47 million adults (88.8%) have received a vaccination.
However, due to declining case numbers, Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, a British epidemiologist, believes forced lockdowns may become obsolete.
Because of the success of vaccines, scientists are optimistic that the NHS will be able to cope.
Professor Ferguson told the New York Times that, while lockdowns could not be ruled out, harsh crisis measures were “unlikely.”