The Prime Minister has warned on Tuesday that lockdown was responsible for the plummeting number of deaths and infections, not vaccines.
Boris Johnson warned that the UK will see a rise of infections over the coming months as easing locdown will “inevitably” lead to an increase in infections.
Infections have fallen from 68,000 in January during the peak to under 4,000 a day this month, whilst deaths have dropped from around 1,000 a day to a daily average of 34 this past week.
Speaking from Downing Street Johnson warned the decrease in infections is due to the strict lockdown measures implemented in January.
He said, “Of course the vaccination programme has helped, but the bulk of the work in reducing the disease has been done by the lockdown.
“So, as we unlock, the result will inevitably be that we will see more infection, sadly we will see more hospitalisation and deaths.
“People have just got to understand that.”
Johnson cannot see any reason to change the lockdown easing, and the next step will come on the 17 May and on the 21 June there will be a total easing of lockdown.
The Prime Minister added to Sky News, “But it is very, very important that, if we are to get there in the way that we all want, people continue to be cautious and they continue to exercise restraint and just do the basic things to stop the spread of the virus, washing your hands, giving people plenty of space, doing things in fresh air.”