Boris Johnson has refused to rule out further Covid restrictions outright – as virus hospital admissions continue to rise.
The Prime Minister said there were no plans for curbs “at the moment” as he appeared to be leaving the door open to future action.
In an interview with LBC this morning at a NATO summit in Madrid, he was given the opportunity to rule out restrictions ever again.
“I think that at the moment we don’t see a reason for it and the most important thing is the vaccination,” he said.
But Mr Johnson suggested a sharp rise in hospitalizations could be the trigger for new restrictions.
He added, “We don’t see any pressure on the medical services that would lead us to something like this.”
Daily Covid hospitalizations have nearly tripled to around 1,200 in the last month – despite only a fraction of patients having primary illness.
Cases have also risen sharply in recent weeks, with an estimated one in 40 people carrying the virus in England last week, or 1.3 million.
Mr Johnson refused to rule out a future lockdown in April, saying it would be “irresponsible” to discard something “that could save lives” if a deadlier variant emerged.
Boris Johnson didn’t finally rule out future Covid restrictions as he was given the chance at LBC
He suggested a sharp rise in hospitalizations could be the trigger for new restrictions
Covid infections have almost doubled in two weeks in England, rising to around 1.4million in the last week
Daily Covid hospitalizations have nearly tripled to around 1,200 in the last month – despite only a fraction of patients having primary illness
Covid case numbers have lost meaning since vaccines and natural immunity severed the link between infection and serious illness.
Ministers are now looking to the NHS virus numbers to gauge the severity of the outbreak, which has been mounting for over a month.
Experts fear an early flu outbreak this year could combine with increases in monkeypox and Covid
Britain should brace for an early flu outbreak that will coincide with rising Covid and monkeypox cases, a top expert has warned.
Health officials have said they expect an “early wave of influenza” in the UK as there has not been a “proper” flu season since the start of the Covid pandemic.
dr Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said she was “monitoring Australia very carefully” – currently in the winter season – after a strain of influenza “started early and spread quickly across all age groups”.
She said the country was having “its worst flu season in five years” which could be repeated in the UK as early as September.
In the meantime, Dr. Hopkins added that later this year we will see at least one more Covid wave linked to an “ongoing transmission of monkeypox”.
There are also growing fears that the NHS is being crushed by Covid at the same time, with colder weather and darker evenings leading to increased social contact indoors – where viruses can spread more easily.
Flu is a seasonal threat to the NHS, with outbreaks more likely between September and March as colder weather forces more people indoors, where the virus – like Covid – can spread more easily.
But influenza virtually disappeared last winter amid lockdowns aimed at controlling the spread of Covid.
There are currently between 1,200 and 1,400 daily admissions for Covid, compared with around 450 at the end of May.
But admissions numbers alone don’t tell the whole story, as analysis of those numbers suggests only a third (37.7 per cent) are admitted mainly because of Covid.
The rest are known as “accidental” cases, those who went to the hospital for a different reason but happened to test positive.
Coincidences have become increasingly common because the highly infectious but milder omicron subvariants are so prevalent in the wider community.
According to the Office for National Statistics, deaths from Covid – another key metric – have leveled off at around 20 a day in England and Wales.
The ONS breaks down deaths primarily caused by the virus, as opposed to a secondary factor.
However, deaths are the biggest lagging indicator and may take weeks to rise due to a surge in infections.
During his interview on LBC, Mr Johnson insisted getting vaccinated against Covid was the number one way to avoid future restrictions.
Fourth doses — or a second booster shot — were given to four out of five people over the age of 75 and those with immunosuppression.
Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests 1.36 million people were infected in England in the week ending June 18.
That’s 70 percent more than the estimated 797,000 who had the virus in early June.
The outbreak was fueled by the proliferation of BA.4 and BA.5, believed to be more contagious but just as mild as the original Omicron strain.
New ONS estimates will be released this afternoon.
A separate ONS Covid death report showed the virus was directly responsible for just 161 deaths, or an average of 23 a day, in England and Wales in the last week.
Sir Jonathan Van-Tam last week dismissed hysteria that a recent surge in Covid cases represents a new wave of the pandemic and said Britain must learn to live with the virus.
Regarding hospital admissions and death dates, the country’s former deputy chief medical officer claimed that “there was nothing alarmist about these numbers”.
Sir Jonathan even revealed he had given up wearing his face mask.
It is believed that the spread of the new variants was accelerated during large gatherings for the Queen’s platinum jubilee and during the midterm holidays.
Some have also pointed out that Britons are confusing Covid symptoms with hay fever.
The UKHSA estimates that BA.4 and BA.5 account for around 22 per cent and 39 per cent of cases, respectively.
Recent analysis indicates that BA.5 is growing 35 percent faster than the formerly dominant Omicron BA.2, while BA.4 is growing about 19 percent faster.
This suggests that BA.5 is likely to become the dominant variant in the UK.
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