Government science advisers are believed to fear that the increase in the number of people in Europe could push up the numbers in the UK.
The new warning comes after several regions of France, including the capital, Paris, enter a month-long lockdown in an effort to clear the virus.
Sky News reports that an unidentified scientist fears Britain may not yet be “out of the woods”, despite more than 660,000 vaccines given on Thursday.
“All over Europe the numbers are going in the wrong direction and we have to be wary of that because in the past it has led to an increase in the numbers here,” they said.
The broadcaster added: “The decrease in cases [in the UK] slows down and we are at a more fragile point than a few weeks ago, we are in a slightly vulnerable place. ”
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The scientist is believed to have said: ‘We don’t fully understand why we are seeing cases pick up here a few weeks after an increase across the Channel.
“It would be wrong to assume that we got out of the woods. Overall, things are still going in the right direction. This is going in the right direction, but more slowly. ”
As cases in mainland countries continue to rise, Italy has placed 20 of its regions in perhaps one of the toughest lockdowns, forcing all schools as well as non-essential stores to close.
Currently, Edward Argar, Minister of State for Health, has said that the South African variant of the infectious disease, known as B.1.351, is currently “of greatest concern” and which the government should “watch out for. near”.
Yesterday, SAGE adviser Professor Neil Ferguson urged Britons to avoid European holidays in an effort to prevent the variant from hitting our shores.
“Perhaps of more concern for the UK is that some countries notably see a significant fraction, five to 10 percent of cases, of the South African variant,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today.
Professor Ferguson added: “When infection levels rise in France, to 30,000 cases per day, that means there are at least 1,500 to 2,000 cases per day of the South African variant. This is the variant that we really want to keep. outside the UK. ”