“I mean, of course, there is real concern about the winter and the aggravating factors there, but also about an earlier peak. ”
Scientists said lifting lockdown measures meant Britain was now “facing a return to community transmission.”
Professor Jose Vazquez-Boland, president of infectious diseases at the University of Edinburgh, said further spikes in incidence were likely to come.
He said: “What we are facing is a return to community transmission after the lockdowns are removed. We need to be clear that the effectiveness of lockdowns is only temporary. There will be a resurgence of new cases every time the social restraint measures are lifted. as long as the virus remains in circulation. ”
Cambridge estimates suggest around 3,000 new infections per day, up from the current moving daily average of 725, which rose steadily from a low of 546 on July 5.
Scientists also predict between 43 and 84 daily deaths by mid-August. The seven-day moving average is currently 66 deaths per day.