A scientific advisor to the British government has warned on Friday that the Indian variant “will become quite a major issue” within weeks across the UK.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) warned that there are “signs of a potential increase” in people testing positive for Covid.
Professor Peter Openshaw who is a member of the government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) warned cases of the Indian variant are rising fast.
Speaking to BBC’s Radio 4 Today Professor Openshaw said, “I think all of us are so anxious to get back to some sort of normal life, but I would say at the moment that we absolutely have to redouble the efforts to get everyone who is eligible for a vaccine vaccinated.”
Given the surge of the Indian variant of cases in the UK he was asked if the 21 June date to end lockdown can go ahead?
He said, “Well I think just looking at the rate of rise of the Indian variant, I personally would feel very concerned that this is going to become quite a major issue over the next few weeks and that may well delay the further opening up.”
The Prime Minister said that he will set out the next steps of the roadmap out of lockdown next week.
Boris Johnson said, “We will let people know as much as we can by the end of the month… about exactly where we think we will be on 21 June.
“At the moment I can’t see anything that makes me think we will have to deviate from the roadmap.”
Johnson added, “We must remain cautious in our approach.”