A sage expert has warned that thousands more deaths from coronavirus are still possible in the UK.
Professor Andrew Hayward told BBC Radio 4’s Today Program: “We’ve moved away from a situation where hundreds of thousands of people are likely to die, where we could still see thousands of deaths.”
The warning came after Boris Johnson refused to rule out face-mask mandates and vaccine passports as part of a “Plan B” to tackle potential infections this winter.
While the booster vaccine will be offered to all people over the age of 50 in early autumn, advisers have warned that ministers should not wait to implement additional measures if necessary.
Sir Patrick Vallance told a news briefing on Tuesday: “When you take a step, you have to go earlier than you think you want, you have to go harder than you think and you have to make sure That you’ve got the right geographic coverage.”
Health secretary says it would be “irresponsible” to rule out another lockdown
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has ruled out another lockdown this morning.
They told bbc breakfast It would be “irresponsible for any health minister in the world” to cancel another lockdown, especially in the face of “vaccine-escape variants” that may or may not emerge in the future.
“No one wants to see another lockdown, I certainly don’t. I don’t think we need to see another lockdown. I think the vaccines are working,” he said.
“But I think it would be irresponsible for any health minister in the world to say that this or that is 100 percent rejected, not least because I don’t know if at some point in the future – next year, Years after that, years after that—there may be a vaccine-escape version that doesn’t work with the current suite of vaccines.
“We always have to be cautious but we have made huge gains in the last few months.
“We have done them together as a country and what we have planned tomorrow is a plan that will help protect those gains.”
‘Thousands of Deaths’ Still a Possibility, Says Sage Member
While the UK is in a much better place than it was last winter, it is still possible that we will see thousands of coronavirus deaths in the winter, a Sage member has said.
bbc radio 4s. speaking on Today programme, Professor Andrew Hayward said: “This winter is certainly very different from last winter.
“When we went last winter, about 10 percent of us had antibodies to Covid, this winter 90 percent of us have antibodies.
“Therefore, we have moved away from a situation where hundreds of thousands of people are likely to die, where we could still see thousands of deaths.”
He added that the “number of hospitalizations” is a more relevant figure than the number of cases when Plan B can be triggered.
“We should be focusing more on the number of hospitalizations and the ability of the NHS to cope,” he said.
Government’s ‘Plan B’ to deal with rising cases may include vaccine passports and masks
Boris Johnson has said wearing masks and working from home may be necessary as part of the government’s “Plan B” to tackle rising cases in the autumn, which “doesn’t make sense” to revoke vaccine passports. ” Is.
Earlier, Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed all over 50 in the UK – as well as other vulnerable groups – will be offered a booster shot to maintain safety levels when the country enters the autumn.
But, if the situation worsens significantly, a contingency plan has been prepared to avoid any kind of lockdown in future.
Mr Johnson said the government’s Plan B had “many different shots in the locker” with which it could react if cases start to rise.
“You won’t necessarily play them all at once, far from it, you’ll want to do things in a bachelor way,” he said.
“We are now in a position when so many populations have some degree of immunity, small changes in the way we are asking people to behave can have a big impact.”
to speak on sky News This morning, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said Plan B could be triggered by a new type of worry, the pressure on the NHS and the level of hospitalisation.
However, he declined to specify how many cases or admissions would trigger Plan B.
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