The Prime Minister is said to be thinking of a four-week delay in British coronavirus measures in England as the Indian variant continues to drive infections.
Infection rates are now rising in every English region, which means Downing Street is reportedly discussing proposals to pause the final phase of the Covid-19 roadmap from June 21 to July 19.
An announcement is reportedly due to be made on Monday that could include a two-week review, meaning the remaining social distancing measures could be dropped on July 5th.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the UK has increased by 8,125, a 30% increase from this point last week. reports MirrorOnline.
Another 17 deaths were reported today within 28 days of a positive Covid result.
Just a week ago, on June 4, the UK recorded 6,238 new Covid cases, a 49% increase in infections reported last Friday.
The Office for National Statistics Infection Survey estimates 96,800 people had the virus in the week ending June 5.
That was an increase from 85,600 the week before. Tests last week indicated an increase in England but were more unsafe in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The R number in England could be as high as 1.4, according to Sage’s latest estimate.
Last week, R was between 1 and 1.2 and this week between 1.2 and 1.4.
The British Medical Association (BMA) tonight (Thursday) called on the government to postpone the planned easing of restrictions on June 21 amid the surge in cases of the variant of coronavirus first identified in India.
Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the BMA Council, said: “The UK vaccination program has been a tremendous success and this, along with the hard work and sacrifice of so many and measures such as social distancing and the wearing of masks, has helped us come a long way Way in our fight against this terrible virus.
“However, the number of cases is now skyrocketing and we know that those who have not been vaccinated or have only received one dose of the vaccine are still at risk of contracting the virus.”
He added, “It’s not just about the number of hospital admissions, but also the health risk of many younger people who can experience long-term symptoms that affect their lives and their ability to work.”
Jim McManus, vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said, “Patience will pay off in the long run.
“Covid will not go away on June 21st and lifting all measures on June 21st risks undoing the considerable progress we have made.
“The total lifting of measures on June 21st not only risks an increase in cases and hospital stays, but also risks the introduction of new variants in the UK that undermine our vaccination program and hinder our path back to normal.
“The alternative of blocking or lifting all measures is wrong.”
The ONS estimates that one in 560 people in England had the virus last week. This was one in 1,300 in Wales, one in 700 in Northern Ireland and one in 540 in Scotland.
A separate test analysis by Public Health England showed that nearly 30,000 more cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus were confirmed in the UK last week.
In the UK, 42,323 cases of the Indian Delta variant have been confirmed, 29,892 more than last week.
It is estimated that in some regions, cases double every four and a half days.
It confirmed that the Delta variant spreads 60% faster than the Alpha or Kent varieties.
Dr. Jenny Harries, General Manager of the UK Health Authority, said: “As the number of Delta variant cases grows across the country, vaccination is our best defense.
“If you are eligible, we ask you to come in and get vaccinated. Remember that two doses offer significantly more protection than a single dose.
“Vaccination reduces the risk of serious illness, but it does not eliminate it.
“With the data showing that Delta is significantly more transmissible than Alpha, it’s just as important as ever to follow public health advice that hasn’t changed.”
The latest PHE data shows that the number of cases is increasing in almost all age groups in England and more than doubling in the 20-29 year olds.
Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi stressed the importance of being “really careful” when he asked about the possibility of a delay in the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England on Jan.
“There have been some really hard-fought battles against this virus and we don’t want to gamble away those hard-won profits we made from the vaccination program,” he told Times Radio Breakfast.
“If we say the virus hasn’t gone, the virus will keep trying to mutate, escape, survive, and I think it’s really important that we are really careful.”
Mr Zahawi said ministers are well on their way to achieving the goal of having all over 50s offered their second vaccination by June 21, and appealed to those who had not received a first dose to come for the vaccination Report to.
“We are well on the way to offering all over 50s who have had the first batch their second batch by June 21,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“We have a very high level of acceptance, at 90%, but we have to make sure they get their second push.
“Anyone who hasn’t had a jab yet, out of the 5 or 6% who haven’t had a jab, please come forward and take your first jab.
“75% of the 12,500 people who were infected with the Delta variant, 75%, three quarters, had no vaccination, so it’s really important.”
Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labor shadow secretary of the interior, said: “Any delay in lifting restrictions would be a severe blow to many families and businesses across the country. The blame for this lies directly with the conservative ministers. “
He added: “Despite warnings from Labor SAGE and others, they continued to pursue ruthless border policies that allowed the Delta variant to reach the UK and expand. Now the British have to pay the price. “