The rise in coronavirus cases is raising fears lockdown rules could be reimposed within weeks, with one scientific adviser urging Boris Johnson to act and a Whitehall insider saying the measures would be imposed as a “last resort”. The scientific aide told the Independent: “First ignore the problems and deny action is needed, then realise there is a problem and tell people it is up to them to act, then, belatedly, impose greater restrictions than would have been needed if one acted early.” The Prime Minister marked Freedom Day locked up at his country residence, Chequers in Buckinghamshire.
Both he and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating after coming into contact with the double-vaccinated Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, who tested positive for coronavirus on the weekend.
Mr Johnson’s spokesman said the Prime Minister had tested negative, but would isolate until July 26.
Last week Britain’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who is currently in isolation with COVID-19, warned that the number of daily infections would reach 100,000 people in the weeks ahead.
But one of the government’s key scientific advisers has warned it could climb to double that figure.
Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist who specialises in the patterns of spread of infectious disease, said: “That’s where the crystal ball starts to fail.
“I mean, we could get to 2,000 hospitalisations a day, 200,000 cases a day – but it’s much less certain.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a tough decision of whether or not to lockdown again, following in the footsteps of Australia who are currently in lockdown 5.
Currently, there are 4,094 Britons in hospital with COVID-19, 573 of them on ventilators.
Around 60 percent of people being admitted to hospital have not been vaccinated, according to Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
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