Warning of surge in Covid cases as Boris Johnson sets out plan to get through winter

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Ministers have been warned that without new measures to reduce COVID-19 infections, hospital admissions could soon rise to 7,000 per day from the peak seen in early 2021.

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And Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty said the NHS could be in trouble with the Delta version in its first winter, even without the emergence of a new coronavirus strain with resistance to vaccines.

The warning came as Boris Johnson said he was “convinced” that the UK could get through the autumn and winter without a return to lockdown restrictions – although he set out a “plan B” that would introduce mandatory face masks, COVID-19 Could see passport and guidance. Work from home resumed in view of increase in cases, admissions and deaths.

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One expert warned that, with positive cases currently running nearly eight times higher than at this time last year, any delay in implementing the new measures could make it “impossible to close the stable door before the horse bolts”. Is.

And a survey by Savanta Comers suggested the public is ready to take strong action on the current resurgence in the disease, with 51 percent saying they would support a two-week “firebreak” lockdown in October to stem the rising number of cases. current level.

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Mr Johnson unveiled the government’s winter plan for the coronavirus after scientific advisers gave the green light to blanket vaccination of teens aged 12 to 15 with booster jabs for those over 50, whose protection is nine months into their second. May be less till later. Dosage.

At the Downing Street press conference, the prime minister left no doubt that the vaccine was now at the center of his plan to keep the virus under control, urging those who are now about to come forward for their shot to do so. Disappointed”.

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