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Expert: The UK is in the early stage of the third wave of the epidemic and should be postponed to unblock it
Why UK still faces 3rd wave of COVID-19 even 3/4 population vaccinated? British government consultant Ravi Gupta said on May 31 that the United Kingdom is already in the early stages of the third wave of the COVID-19 epidemic and hopes that the government will postpone the lifting of the last restrictive measures for the epidemic in England.
Professor Gupta from the University of Cambridge is an advisor to the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats of the British Ministry of Health. In an interview with British media that day, he said that although the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK has decreased, three-quarters of the cases are infected with the mutant virus first discovered in India. Because the virus is more contagious, he is worried about new cases. Exponential growth may follow.
On May 31, the United Kingdom reported more than 3,000 new confirmed cases. This is the sixth consecutive day that this data has exceeded 3000 cases. For more than a month before this, the number of newly confirmed cases in a single day in the UK has remained below 3,000 since April 12. On May 31, the United Kingdom reported one death from COVID-19, which occurred in Scotland.
The United Kingdom initiated the COVID-19 vaccination earlier. At present, three-quarters of the country’s adult population receive at least one dose, and about half have completed two doses.
Gupta said there are signs that the UK is already in the early stages of the third wave of the epidemic, and a large number of people have been vaccinated to help this wave of epidemic rise later. He explained that when the new wave of epidemics first occurred, the confirmed cases were hovering at a low level, but then there was a sharp increase. “People will have a false sense of security for a period of time, (thereby relaxing precautions,) this is what we worry about.”
The British government is unblocking it in phases. The last step in the unblocking of the English region is to no longer stipulate the number of people and places for gatherings from June 21. At this stage, the maximum number of people for outdoor gatherings is 30, and the limit for indoor gatherings is 6 people or two families. Gupta suggested extending the unblocking time by a few weeks, and make a decision after the expert team has obtained sufficient data.
The performance operator and other businesses hope that the government will unblock it as scheduled. Various performance venues in the UK have been closed for more than a year. The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustis believes that the government should consider the possibility of extending the restrictive measures against the epidemic.
Chand Nag Paul, chairman of the Council of the British Medical Association, said that the UK is at a critical juncture in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, and he called on the government to be “extremely cautious” when considering whether to unblock it on June 21.
NagPaul said that immature policy decisions will lead to a surge in infections and a shortage of medical resources.
The COVID-19 epidemic puts heavy pressure on the British medical system. In March of this year, about 5 million patients were waiting for surgery, the highest number on record in the UK. According to data from the National Health System of the British public medical service system, the number of people in England waiting for surgery for more than a year exceeds 436,000. Before the COVID-19 epidemic, this number was 1,600.
The British government is scheduled to decide on June 14 whether to unblock England as scheduled.
Why UK still faces 3rd wave of COVID-19 even 3/4 population vaccinated?
(source:internet, reference only)