UK government considering options for a planned end to lockdown
The Britain government on Saturday said it was looking at options to strategically end the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus disease on June 21. The UK on Saturday reported 5,765 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours as the country mulls over whether it should take the final step of easing restrictions. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 4,511,669. With 13 new deaths on Saturday, the UK’s total toll went up to 127,836.
Options under discussion are said to include retaining the wearing of face masks in certain settings and continuing the work from home, even as the hospitality sector opens up. However, the government maintains that there is “nothing in the data” to suggest ending lockdown should be delayed.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that a rise of cases was to be expected as the country came out of lockdown. “We always expected cases to rise as the country was opened up, the critical thing is the impact on the number of people who end up in hospital for any given number of cases,” said Hancock.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the country is now at its highest since March 25, when 6,397 were recorded, and the spike is largely down to the Delta variant or the highly transmissible B1.617.2 variant of concern (VOC) first detected in India.
The National Health Service (NHS) said it has seen a huge jump in the number of people coming forward for a COVID-19 jab since launching its plan to tackle vaccine hesitancy. There has been an increase of more one-fifth among adults under 45 who would definitely get their vaccine according to a new study, which surveyed 16,610 people from a nationally representative sample.