Covid-19 ‘third wave’ could hit UK weeks after European surge

Covid-19 'third wave' could hit UK weeks after European surge

Concerns about a ‘third wave’ of Covid-19 could strike the UK in a few weeks after an increase in the number of cases in Europe.
A government adviser, who sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), reportedly said the UK was often a few weeks behind Europe in terms of infection levels.

And Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said it was very likely that a third wave was on its way to the UK, and that it was not about ‘if it will happen – this is how it is. gone happen “.

He added: “Just as we have seen in Paris in recent days, France was doing incredibly well just a few weeks ago and is now experiencing a sudden and significant surge. ”

In the UK, the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 has declined in the West Midlands, eastern England, the southwest and London over the past week, according to the Office for National Statistics.

But the trend in other regions is uncertain. The ONS has highlighted the East Midlands, where there could be early signs of an increase in infections.

In Birmingham, the rate was 75 cases per 100,000 population in the seven days to March 15, down from 86.4 the week before. This represented 856 new cases, up from 987 the previous week.

Vaccinations in the UK topped 26 million for those on their first dose, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson receiving his vaccine on Friday.

But the R-number – the virus’s reproduction rate – rose slightly in the UK to somewhere between 0.6 and 0.9.

Paris was locked out for a month after 35,000 new cases were registered there in 24 hours.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said a “third wave” of infections in the country seemed increasingly likely.

The German public health official went further by announcing on Friday that the country is now “at the start of a third wave”.

Many parts of Italy have also returned to the strictest form of lockdown with schools closed.

Professor James Naismith, University of Oxford, speaking on ITV News, said: “The problem is if we let go of our guard, if we’re not careful, it will start to rise again.

“The vaccination program saves lives and prevents deaths, but it is not yet making a difference in the spread of the virus among young people and of course if it is spreading really quickly among young people it will have real problems for him. country. ”


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