Boris Johnson asked his fellow citizens to be vigilant about the health situation, despite the recent decline in cases of coronavirus contamination in the United Kingdom.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday asked his fellow citizens to “be very cautious” regarding the health situation, despite the recent decline in cases of coronavirus contamination in the United Kingdom.
In the grip of an explosion of cases since early summer attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant, the UK has recently recorded up to 60,000 new cases daily, but appears to have seen a decline in recent days.
Since July 20, a day after the latest virus-related restrictions were lifted, new contaminations have only decreased, reaching 24,950 new daily cases on Monday. That’s a drop of more than 69,000 cases in the last seven days (-21.5%).
More than 129,000 dead in the UK
“Obviously I realized that we had better numbers for six days,” Boris Johnson told reporters on a trip to Guildford, southwest London.
“The fourth step out of lockdown took place just a few days ago,” he said. “People have to be very careful,” he said, stressing that it was “very important that we not allow ourselves to jump to conclusions” about this decline.
The current improvement leaves scientists somewhat perplexed, while the government and its scientific advisers in early July had anticipated up to 100,000 new positive cases a day in Europe’s second most heartbroken country by the pandemic, with more than 129,000 deaths.
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“It is surprising that the pollution rate has dropped so quickly and steeply,” he said Tuesday at the Times scientist Mark Walport, who is part of the group that advises the government, “Everyone is racking their brains to find the exact explanation.”
Among the exposed causes: the high temperatures of last week, the end of the European Championship at the origin of mostly male contamination and the success of a vast vaccination campaign, which has already administered a first dose at 88% and a second at 70%. ,5%. % of adults.
Secretary of State for Public Safety Kit Malthouse pointed at him Sky News the “millions of Britons on holiday abroad who do not get tested here” or the start of school holidays, “natural firebreaks” for the detection of new contaminations, because schoolchildren were tested several times a week.
“It’s an interesting cocktail of effects, so we have to wait until mid-August to see if the numbers continue to fall,” he said.
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