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COVID-19: UK close to lowest coronavirus levels and third wave could be much smaller – Van-Tam | UK News

The UK is “at or near the bottom” of coronavirus case levels, according to England’s deputy chief medical officer who praised the public for sticking to the lockdown measures.

Talk to Downing Street COVID briefing, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said: “We are really at very low levels which are comparable to where we were in September of last year.

“We use a typical seven-day average with just over 2,000 people testing positive per day.

People eat and drink in central London as COVID lockdown restrictions are relaxed
People enjoy al fresco drinks in central London as COVID lockdown restrictions are relaxed

“I have a feeling that we are probably at or near the bottom right now in terms of this level of disease in the UK.”

He added: “Much of the steady decline we have seen, the demise of our third wave, has been due to the efforts of the British people following the lockdown.”

But he also warned of “the twists and turns ahead” and said he expected “some degree of bumps” likely in the fall and winter.

It comes as new figures from the Bureau of National Statistics suggest nearly 70% of the adult population in England now have COVID antibodies.

And a study by Public Health England found a a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can halve the transmission of the virus.

The British government has announced that it has obtained another 60 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to use as an accelerator to protect the country’s progress before the colder months.

Professor Van-Tam said the modeling suggested there would be a third wave in the UK, but that “it may just be a third upsurge and much less significant.”

Boris Johnson has repeatedly warned in recent weeks that the third wave of coronavirus who swept across Europe will end up “washing up on our shores”.

Professor Van-Tam said that in the coming weeks, as new lockdowns in England are expected to be relaxed, there will be “good pressures” and “bad pressures” on the R-number.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-28 16:50:00