SCIENTISTS have issued a message of hope to Britain after they confirmed that Covid-cases “will fall” in the future after a recent spike in cases.
The scientific group SAGE, who advise Government officials, say vaccination and herd immunity will help drive the outbreak down as the country gears up for the final unlocking of restrictions on July 19.
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The Sage advisory group believe vaccination and herd immunity will curb the number of covid cases[/caption]
It comes less than two weeks before Covid restrictions, such as masks, are lifted[/caption]
The claims were made in a series of letter presented to the government today which suggested that cases will “plateau and then fall” within weeks.
Health chiefs are said to have dubbed England’s post-Freedom Day strategy as “hybrid immunity” – a tactic previously touted at the beginning of the pandemic.
It would see the older and vulnerable population – who will be fully vaccinated by July 19 – enjoy protection through the jab programme while the young get immunity from natural infection.
SAGE advisers suggest that it was “very difficult” to predict when those cases will begin falling in the country, but remained confident that will eventually.
The full scientific paper read: “At some point in the future, the number of cases in England will plateau and then start to fall as a result of vaccination, natural immunity, seasonality, and behaviour change.
“It’s very difficult to determine in advance the precise date at which this will occur.
“It’s likely it will happen at different times in different parts of the country, depending on local levels of immunity and behaviours.”
It comes after the number of daily cases has continued to grow steadily, with more than 30,000 infections recorded for three days in a row this week.
Just last month, cases had dropped to as low as 9,000 infections in 24 hours.
Boris Johnson confirmed the unlocking on Monday despite fears over the rising number of covid cases[/caption]
He was joined by Professor Chris Whitty who has reportedly backed the scientists claims[/caption]
Boris Johnson and senior colleagues in Government are still reviewing the data and advice given to them about the final unlocking which would include the removal of social distancing and masks.
The documents released by SAGE added that individual restrictions “may not contribute much” individually, but together add up to “a significant impact”.
This means the pandemic may “grow considerably more quickly if all these mitigating factors are relaxed over a short period of time”, they said.
But scientists, including Professor Chris Whitty himself, have already rolled the pitch for these remaining laws to be dropped in two weeks time despite fears that cases could spiral out of control.
On Friday it was revealed that cases had risen by 35,707, the biggest daily jump in almost six months.
Covid hospital admissions were also at their highest since March with 509 new patients in the past 24 hours.
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The Delta variant, which originally mutated in India, has become the dominant strain in a matter of weeks.
It makes up almost every new Covid case in the UK (95 per cent) and comes as cases of the variant have risen by 54,000 in a week – up by a third.
As a result, SAGE estimates that the reproduction rate – which measures how quickly the outbreak is growing – may be as high as 1.5 and is no lower than 1.2.
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