Official numbers released today show that daily Chinese Communist Party (CCP) coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom have increased by a third in a week, following British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s warning that additional lockdowns could be on the way this winter.
In the last 24 hours, health department officials have registered 10,633 positive tests, a 37.3% increase over last Monday’s total, which coincides with the nationwide rise in cases caused by the highly contagious Indian version, as reported by MailOnline today. Officials confirmed that it was currently dominating in over 300 English territories.
Despite an increase in cases since mid-May, the disease’s death toll has remained relatively stable, indicating that vaccines have broken the link between infection and death. Today, five people were added to the official death toll, compared to three last week.
However, hospital admissions have increased by 20% in a week, behind any jump in positive tests due to the length of time it takes infected people to become critically ill.
Johnson has postponed “freedom day” by four weeks to July 19 but will conduct a two-week evaluation on July 5 to determine if the return to normal can be accelerated.
Even while things appear to be “looking good” for July 19 to be the so-called “terminus point” marking the end of all lockdown restrictions in the country as he said the “vaccination rollout is going gangbusters,” Boris Johnson warned of a “rough winter” ahead.
When asked if there would be any lockdowns in the future, Johnson answered, “You can never exclude that there will be some new disease, some new horror that we simply haven’t budgeted for or accounted for.”
“But looking at where we are, looking at the efficacy of the vaccines against all variants that we can currently see—so Alpha, Delta, the lot of them, Kappa—I think it’s looking good for July 19 to be that terminus point,” he added.
He said the Delta variation of the CCP Virus (COVID-19), first detected in India, is increasing at a rate of nearly 30% every week, with hospitalizations and intensive care admissions “about the same.”
“But look at the numbers of delta, the ‘Delta’ variant, it is sadly going up still, it is going up by about 30% a week in cases, hospitalisations up by roughly the same amount and so sadly ICU admissions into intensive care.” Adding, “So we have got to be cautious but we will be following the data the whole time.”
“I think what the scientists are saying is that things like flu will come back this winter, we may have a rough winter for all sorts of reasons, and obviously there are big pressures on the NHS. All the more reason to reduce the number of COVID cases now, give the NHS the breathing space it needs to get on with dealing with all those other pressures, and we are certainly going to be putting in the investment to make sure that they can,” he added.
As the travel industry prepares for another terrible summer, travel experts fear that ministers may not “open things up very much at all until August.” Johnson has stated that keeping Britain “safe” and preventing deadly new CCP Virus variants from entering the nation is his top concern, which means that anyone planning on flying overseas in the coming months will likely encounter “hassle” and “delays.”
The Prime Minister said: “I want to stress that this is going to—whatever happens—a difficult year for travel. There will be hassle, there will be delays, I am afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in.”
The PM stated that the government was “looking at” exempting fully vaccinated persons from quarantine after returning from a trip abroad. However, he rejected the idea that international travel restrictions would be lifted in the near future.