In a series of interviews on the sidelines of the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in south-west England, Johnson admitted he has become more pessimistic about approving the next easing scheduled for 21 June as infections spread across the UK. number has increased. Been watching since February.
The British government plans to take the next steps to lift England out of lockdown by removing all legal limits on social interaction – including allowing nightclubs to reopen in March 2020 for the first time since the pandemic. Johnson is set to make an announcement about it. Monday 21 June timetable.
However, the recent increase in new confirmed cases has prompted many scientists to call for a delay, potentially up to four weeks, so more people can be vaccinated before restrictions are lifted.
“It is clear that the Indian version is more permeable, and it is also true that cases are increasing, and hospitalization levels are increasing,” Johnson said on Sky News. “Now, we don’t know exactly to what extent that would contribute to the excess mortality, but clearly this is a matter of serious, serious concern.”
Asked if he was less optimistic now than at the end of May, he replied: “Yes, that’s certainly fair.”
The UK has recorded nearly 128,000 coronavirus-related deaths, more than any other country in Europe. After a disastrous winter surge, COVID-19 deaths have recently declined sharply following a strict month-long lockdown and rapid rollout of vaccines.
Improved background has allowed lockdown restrictions in the UK to be eased over the past few months, with most sectors of the economy and society operating within social distancing guidelines. The UK’s four nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – have lifted restrictions at different speeds, but have generally followed similar plans.
However, in recent days, more and more scientists have become more and more concerned and have called on the British government to push back the easing of 21 June, the fourth phase in a four-stage unlocking that has been described by parts of the British media as ” Independence day.”
Supporters of the pause, including the British Medical Association, say it will make the vaccine rollout more effective by allowing more young people to get their first shot and older people to get their second, which evidence shows that Delta It helps to include the version.
“There is a great risk that a premature easing of all restrictions will undo the country’s excellent work of immunization programs and further fuel infections”, said Dr. Chand Nagpaul, president of the British Medical Association Council.
“It is not only about the number of hospitalizations, but also the health risks to the large number of young people who may suffer from long-term symptoms affecting their lives and ability to work,” They said.
The vaccine rollout, which is primarily based on age, was extended to 25- to 29-year-olds earlier this week. The government has said it wants every adult to get at least one dose by the end of July. About 62% of the British population have so far taken one shot, while 43% have shot two.
In the government figures reported on Friday, 8,125 new cases were reported daily. This is the highest one-day figure since February 26 and means the 7-day average, which smooths out daily volatility, has tripled over the previous month.
The delta variant, which is known to be at least 40% more transmissible than the previous major strain, is now responsible for more than 90% of all new confirmed infections in the UK.
Although Johnson indicated he was ready to take a pause to ease the lockdown, he sought to ease any concerns that restrictions would be reimposed. Announcing the government’s four-stage plan to come out of the lockdown in February, Johnson stressed that each scheduled easing would be driven by “data, not dates” and that each step would be irreversible.
“The whole point of having an immutable roadmap is just that to make it irreversible, and sometimes to do that, as I have said over and over again, you have to be cautious,” he said.
“Just to cheer you up a little bit, I want to tell you that scientists agree on one thing: They don’t think there’s a case for going to the contrary,” Johnson said.
Jill Lawless contributed from Falmouth, England.
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