“If, and that’s a pretty big if, but if it goes on unabated. . . You would have around 50,000 cases a day by mid-October, “Vallance said. A month later, this could result in more than 200 deaths a day, he said.
The threatening warning comes amid speculation that the UK government will introduce a new round of restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a statement outside Parliament on Tuesday on the next steps the UK will take.
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Other countries in Europe where coronavirus cases have risen again have opted for targeted local restrictions to repeat full lockdowns from the spring.
Johnson has also stated that he wants to avoid a further extensive closure of the economy, and he has made it clear several times that schools in particular should remain open.
Analysts said the government could introduce new curfews, fines and restrictions on family mixing. Another option would be two-week mini-locks that could act as “breakers”.
Just last week, the government introduced a “rule of six” which reduces the number of people allowed to socialize both indoors and outdoors. An estimated 13.5 million people across the country are already living under local lockdown restrictions.
Coronavirus numbers in the UK rose again in July, government scientists said, especially among young adults. 3,899 daily cases were reported in the UK on Sunday. Around 5,000 daily cases were reported at the height of the UK outbreak in April.
Vallance said about 8 percent of the population might have antibodies that can fade over time. He said the “virus has moved a little genetically, but it hasn’t changed in terms of its propensity and ability to cause disease and cause death.”
The UK’s death toll is the highest in Europe at 41,777.
“We’re seeing a second wave now. We’ve seen it in France, Spain and across Europe,” Johnson said last week. “I’m afraid it was absolutely inevitable that we would see it in this country.”
Whitty said, “If we don’t do enough, the virus will take off. Right now this is the path we are clearly on. “
He stressed that society as a whole must take action.
“A lot of people say, ‘Well, can’t people just take their own risk?’” He said. The problem, however, is that “sooner or later the chain will hit people who are vulnerable, elderly, or have a long-term problem for Covid,” he added. “In an epidemic, you can’t just take your own risk. Unfortunately, you are taking a risk on everyone else’s behalf. “