This could see, as a minimum, the return of mandatory use of face masks in public places, as well as people being advised to work from home again. The warning comes less than a week after Boris Johnson scrapped most of the remaining legally binding Covid restrictions on so-called “Freedom Day”. Previous modelling had indicated daily Covid hospitalisations in the UK would peak at between 1,000 and 2,000 admissions by the end of August.
Deaths from the deadly virus were also predicted to number between 100 and 200 within the the same period.
However, hospital admissions and deaths from Covid continue to soar.
Data from the Government’s own coronavirus website show that within the last seven days, hospital referrals for Covid patients had increased by 38.6 percent.
Covid deaths over the same time frame had gone up by almost 60 percent.
iNews reports that new modelling suggests there could be almost 1,500 admissions by the end of the first week of August, which would point to a peak of 3,000 by the month’s end.
This would equal the height of the first wave in April 2020, indicating the need for tightened restrictions.
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Members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have reportedly advised Boris Johnson to be ready to take action in the first week of August to avoid the NHS being overwhelmed, if worst case scenarios become reality.
Insiders told i the situation would become clearer in the weeks ahead and to a large extent would be determined by vaccination uptake and individual behaviour.
The Prime Minister has refused to rule out the possibility of another lockdown, if circumstances dictate.
At the beginning of July, as he was announcing the Government’s intentions to push ahead with step four of the roadmap out of lockdown, Mr Johnson warned the public that “we are far from the end of dealing with this virus.”
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He emphasised that should a vaccine resistant strain emerge or deaths surge after the summer, he would take “whatever steps necessary to protect the public.”
The Government’s decision to push ahead with Freedom Day has attracted strong criticism from many within the international scientific community.
Professor Susan Michie,a member of Sage’s behavioural science subcommittee, claimed the PM’s opening up plans were helping to “build new ‘variant factories’ at a very fast rate.”