Even the ever-serious Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance sounded a tone of optimism today amid signs the UK’s Covid resurgence is finally coming under control and as one in 20 people in Britain have been vaccinated.
Speaking in a Downing Street briefing tonight, chief medical officer Professor Whitty said coronavirus infections were ‘levelling off’ thanks to the ‘enormous efforts’ of Britons following lockdown rules since they began this month.
He said hospital admissions and death counts would continue to rise into next week at least, because of how long it takes people to fall seriously ill or die, but that data suggests even the new super-infectious variant is coming under control.
A total of 3,234,946 people across the UK have now had the first dose of a Covid vaccine and the number of positive tests announced today – 55,761 – was 18 per cent lower than last Friday. Daily deaths were also down slightly on last week, at 1,280.
Speaking about lockdown working even on the fast-spreading variant that emerged in Kent and now accounts for a majority of all cases in the UK, Professor Whitty said: ‘We were not sure this was going to be possible with this new variant, but this demonstrates with the actions everyone has taken we are now slowing this right down and we are hoping that in due course it will start to drop.’
Leading the optimistic Friday press conference, Boris Johnson praised the public’s efforts at following lockdown rules and appealed for people not to weaken, saying they must ‘think twice’ before leaving the house. ‘This is not the time for the slightest relaxation of our national resolve and our individual efforts,’ he said. ‘So please stay at home, please protect the NHS and save lives.’
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