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COVID-19: Calls for easing Monday’s lockdown to be delayed as SAGE warns variant could put pressure on hospitals | UK News

The easing of lockdown measures in England on Monday could cause “a substantial resurgence” in hospital admissions that is similar to previous peaks or larger, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies warned.

The minutes of a Thursday meeting suggest that there is a “realistic possibility” that the Indian variant of COVID-19[female[feminine is 50% more transmissible than that which emerged in Kent at the end of last year.

However, SAGE said there was no clear evidence that this coronavirus The variant causes more serious illness and hospital admissions currently remain low in affected areas.

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“ I must be on the same level as you ”: PM has variant issues

During a Downing Street briefing yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a new variant could delay the fourth stage of the easing of the lockdown on June 21.

He stressed that plans to relax the rules on Monday will go ahead as planned, despite a number of scientists calling for a delay.

The government has established four criteria that must be met for lockdowns to be eased – but Professor Christina Pagel, a member of the independent expert panel SAGE, said one of those tests was not met.

While the vaccine rollout has been successful and has helped reduce hospital admissions and deaths, and current infection rates are unlikely to put unsustainable pressure on the NHS, she warned that this worrisome new variant increased the risks associated with relaxing the rules.

On Tuesday, she said moving to the third stage of the roadmap “risks adding fuel to the fire,” adding that attention should turn to ensuring that the Indian variant is not a threat – or to extinguish it.

‚ÄúPersonally, I would like to slow down now to reduce the chances of reversing the card later, risking more uncertainty, more damaging shutdowns, and longer recovery from a worse situation. We have to learn from previous experiences …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-15 01:22:00