The United Kingdom reported 51,870 new cases of coronavirus on Friday in the last 24 hours, the highest number since January 15. In the same period, 49 deaths were registered.
The figures come just a few days before the government eases all social distancing restrictions and mask wearing rules, despite the objections from medical experts.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that it is likely that more than half a million people in private homes in England have had COVID-19 in the week until July 10.
Leading international scientists on Friday called on the British government to reverse in your decision to lift on Monday most of the latest coronavirus restrictions in England, warning of risky strategy for all.
The group stated in a statement that it wishes to “warn about the dangerous answer from the British government to exponential increase of infections “by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
England is preparing this Monday to lift the restrictions. Photo: AP
Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to lift almost all remaining sanitary restrictions, including mandatory masks and chinstraps, and physical distancing.
Decided to “restore freedoms”, the conservative leader considered that, thanks to its successful vaccination campaign, it is the “opportune moment” to do so, despite the highly contagious Delta variant, dominant in the United Kingdom, one of the most punished European countries, with more than 128,500 deaths .
“The ministers were informed that this plan is likely to provoke between one and two million cases in the coming weeks and potentially between 7 and 10 million by the end of the year, with a peak of more than 100,000 cases daily during the summer, “the scientists say.
Experts include public health specialists Walter Ricciardi and Michael Baker, who advise the Italian and New Zealand ministries of health respectively.
Is “massive infection strategy runs the risk of undermining pandemic control efforts not only in the UK, but in other countries as well, “the scientists warn, noting the risk of development of new variants vaccine resistant.
And they urged London to “urgently reconsider” your plan.
One in 95 people in England – or more than 500,000 people – were infected in the week before July 10, up from one in 160 the week before, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Friday.
The number of hospitalized covid-19 patients doubles every three weeks and could reach “pretty scary figures”warned Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, asking the public to be cautious.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” he warned, hours after Johnson said Thursday that it was “very likely” that the worst of the pandemic was over.
Source: with information from AFP and Sky News