UK in the grip of 'early' third Covid wave, says professor

Professor Ravi Gupta, a member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag) that advises the government, said the UK is in the grip of an “early” third wave of Covid-19 infections, led by the Indian variant.

When asked by BBC Radio 4’s Today whether the UK is already in a third wave of coronavirus infections, the Cambridge University scientist said, “Yes, the number of new cases has grown exponentially, and at least three-quarters of them are the new Variant.

“Of course the number of cases is relatively small at the moment – all waves start with a small number of cases that grumble in the background and then become explosive. So the key here is that we are seeing signs of an early wave here.

“It will probably take longer than previous waves to show up as we have quite a high level of vaccination among the population, so there may be a false sense of security for some time and that is our concern.”

In the meantime, Dr. Helen Wall, Senior Responsible Officer for the Covid Immunization Program in Bolton, said the increase in cases is slowing but that there is no room for complacency.

She told BBC Breakfast: “I’m happy to report that things are slowly slowing down here in relation to the surge in Covid cases, but we really cannot rest on that.”

“It’s only been a few days that interest rates have slowed, so we are very keen to keep pushing forward and lowering interest rates further.”

Dr. Wall said that there are very young populations in many of the areas where the highest surge has been in Bolton, and that every time the age for eligibility drops, thousands more people are able to get for the sting Report to.

“I think the age of eligibility, which goes down every few days, has really helped and will really help us if we can get these people through the doors to get vaccinated ASAP,” she said.

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