The government the chief science adviser warned that the rise coronavirus rate in Spain and France have shown that the increase in cases translates into more deaths.
Sir Patrick Vallance said that in Spain and France the spread started with younger people in their twenties but moved to older ages leading to the admission of more of patients in the hospital.
He said to a press briefing Monday that this had “unfortunately but not unexpectedly” led to an increase in deaths.
Sir Patrick added: “It started with younger people in their twenties and gradually spread to older ages as well.
“This growing number of cases has resulted in an increase in hospitalizations.
“While hospitalizations have increased … very unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, deaths are also increasing.”
Sir Patrick said there was a “simple message” that “as the disease spreads, as it spreads across age groups, we expect more hospitalizations and sadly , these increasing hospitalizations will lead to an increase in deaths ”.
His comments came after a minister warned the UK was just weeks behind Europe, particularly Spain and France.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News: “We are certainly at a critical point this morning.
“It is clear that we are only a few weeks behind what we are seeing elsewhere in Europe.
“You just have to look at what is happening in France, especially in Spain, and we see that things have taken off there, including, I’m afraid, the deaths.
“So it’s very important that we do everything we can to fight this.
“It’s absolutely vital that people (follow the restrictions) because otherwise we’re going to end up in situations that we don’t want to be in.”
The latest figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show that the most recent cumulative 14-day total of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population for Spain was 300.5 and 185, 8 in France.
The United Kingdom was third with a figure of 69.3, according to data updated on Sunday.
The ECDC reported that there were 14,389 new cases in Spain on Friday and 90 deaths, while in France there were 13,498 new cases on Sunday and 25 deaths.
The UK, by comparison, reported 4,422 cases on Sunday and 27 deaths, according to ECDC data.
But ECDC warned that comparisons between countries should be made with caution as the data is subject to updates and corrections.
Traffic restrictions in parts of Madrid went into effect on Monday, with access to parks and public spaces restricted, gatherings limited to six people and shops closing at 10 p.m. in affected areas.