UK "past the peak" in current Covid wave – but warning rates remain high

Coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and deaths will continue to decline as the UK passes the peak of the current pandemic wave, England’s chief medical officer said.

Professor Chris Whitty said that “provided people continue to follow the guidelines,” all four nations are on the “slope”.

At a press conference on Downing Street, however, he emphasized that although interest rates are falling, they will remain “incredibly high”.

He added that they could move up quickly – which would “get the NHS back in trouble extremely quickly”.

Prof. Whitty said, “I think most of my colleagues think we have peaked.

“That doesn’t mean you never climax again. At this point, however, we are on a downward trend in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in all four countries of the UK, provided people continue to follow guidelines.”

“So I think we think at this point, at least at this climax, we’re over.”

The number of people in the hospital is still higher than at the first peak in April last year, and Professor Whitty warned that the death toll “would remain high for some time”.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson warned that the level of infection was still “prohibitively high” and that it was too early to relax current restrictions.

The Prime Minister said: “Although there are some signs of hope today – the number of Covid patients in the hospital is starting to decline for the first time since this new wave began – the level of infection is still alarmingly high.

“The wards of our NHS are under great pressure, more than 32,000 Covid patients are still in hospital.”


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