The number of coronavirus cases in Britain will rise considerably from current levels, health minister Sajid Javid said today as Borris Johnson announced an end to almost all Covid-19 limitations by July 19th.
“We must be straight with the British people: cases of COVID-19 are surging and they will continue to increase significantly. We can relatively expect that by the 19th of July, the number of daily cases will be far elevated than today,” Javid told parliament.
Sajid favored the verdict of ending the restrictions by saying, “We can’t live in a world where the only aspect that we are thinking about is COVID and not about all the other health problems, our economic problems, our education challenges and we have to make use of a vaccine that is thankfully helping.”
He pointed that almost 7 million people have not come forward during the pandemic for help from the NHS with their health issues, which was shocking for him when he newly joined the office.
Covid cases might likely surge after the reopening whereas the public health figures imply that the vaccines are highly beneficial in preventing the Delta variant from leading to severe illness or hospitalization, especially after two doses.
In a recent development, Covid cases in Oxford have increased fivefold in the last seven days which is the city’s fourth-highest number of daily cases.
Britain has encountered the seventh-highest global death toll from COVID-19, and Johnson has been accused of being too sluggish to enforce all three lockdowns. But the take-up of vaccines in Britain has been powerful, with 86% of adults receiving a first dose and 64% receiving two doses as of Monday, according to government’s data.
It is anticipated by the health minister that cases can rise to 50,000 per day after the covid restrictions curb.