Concerns over the spread of the delta variant first identified in India continue to debate whether the final phase of unlock restrictions in England can go ahead on June 21.
Downing Street has indicated that boris johnson There still doesn’t appear to be anything in the data to suggest that the plan will need to be delayed.
Number 10 spokesperson said:
The Prime Minister has said on several occasions that we haven’t seen anything in the data, but we will continue to look at the data, we will continue to look at the latest scientific evidence as we move from June to June 21.
Tuesday’s zero death tally is likely to be included in the views of ministers.
They will also consider that the figure comes after the bank holiday weekend, so there may be a delay in reporting of deaths.
The NHS Confederation said the ONS figures, which show a 29% drop in coronavirus deaths from last week, were reassuring but “the race has not been won yet”.
policy director Dr. Laila McKeu said:
Given the predictions of a heat wave of infections, the government must now use all available data to carefully consider whether June 21 is the right date to lift all restrictions.
It is a matter of genuine concern that cases are increasing rapidly, and our members are concerned that this will lead to more hospitalisations.
In England the vaccination program will be extended to all adults within weeks, while in Wales and Northern Ireland everyone aged 18 and over is able to book their jobs.
People over the age of 18 are being invited to pre-register for a jab in Scotland with appointments starting in mid-June.
The UK as a whole is expected to hit another milestone of three-quarters of the adult population receiving its first Covid jab.
The latest government data shows that more than 39.4 million people had received their first dose, the equivalent of 74.9% of adults.
Sir John BellThe Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the current figures “do not look too intimidating” but they still need “a couple of weeks to play” before the government can make its final decision. The reopening could go ahead on June 21.
I think the benefit now is whether we can get more people vaccinated at a younger age, younger people, and try to prevent more transmission.
In Scotland, the first minister, nicola sturgeon, stalled plans to ease restrictions in most parts of the country.
It announced on Tuesday that while some parts of the country would move to Level 1 of the Scottish government’s restrictions from Saturday, most of the central belt, including Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, would be moved to Level 2.
Sturgeon said the country was still at a “fragile and fragile point” in the fight with the virus, in an announcement on restrictions that he described as a “mixed bag”.
Scotland’s clinical director, Prof. Jason Leach, warned Delta Edition “something is challenging us and spreading faster than we expected”.
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