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BBC Newsnight: Sir Mark Walport issues stark Covid warning- ‘We are not there’ | UK | News

Sir Mark, chief scientific adviser to the Government from 2013 to 2017, appeared on BBC Newsnight to debate Covid circumstances within the UK. Less than a fortnight after the tip of lockdown on July 19, the variety of coronavirus circumstances throughout the UK has dipped compared to the week earlier than.

While Sir Mark highlighted this “precipitous drop” in circumstances, the previous adviser additionally warned the pandemic “is certainly not over”.

He mentioned: “The daily average of the week has dropped by about 33 percent.”

But Sir Mark added the collapse in circumstances might be defined by a number of elements, together with the tip of the college year and Britons remaining cautious.

“Testing rates have fallen by about 20 percent,” he added.

The ex-adviser, who now holds a position at Imperial College London, additionally believes England has not “yet seen the effect of the relaxation of social restrictions on July 19.”

When requested about herd immunity, Sir Mark mentioned: “We are not there.

“Herd immunity of course isn’t absolute, it’s not something that is all or nothing.

“There is obviously a significant degree of population immunity and of course the most vulnerable are protected against the most severe effects of the infection.”

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July 28 noticed 27,734 circumstances and 91 deaths inside 28 days of a optimistic coronavirus take a look at. The newest knowledge suggests an additional 825 folks have been admitted to hospital with the virus.

As of Saturday, 6,021 sufferers have been in hospital, with 848 on ventilators.

In complete, the UK has seen 5,770,928 circumstances and 129,430 deaths from the virus.

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