There are fears that a new variant could destabalise the UK which could put the country “back to square one” amid soaring cases.
Last week there was more than 850,000 cases and on Sunday there was 45,140 cases recorded in the UK, which is more than three times of what was reported on the same day in 2020.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary Jones warned that the health situation is extremely vulnerable and should we get just one new variant this could send the country back to “square one.”
Dr Hilary said, “If you look at the prevalence the highest rate is amongst the 12 to 15-year-old age group, so it’s the return to schools, which is largely created cases and we put a policy of only vaccinating this age group in schools as opposed to what they do in Scotland, and we’ve only got 14% of that age group, jabbed at the moment so there’s a big job to be done with the vaccine rollout in 12 to 15-year-olds because that’s where many of these cases are found.
“The double jab much greater antibody response and it lasts longer as well so that’s something that probably will need to be looked at.
“One worrying factor is the number of deaths have gone up now, we don’t see those deaths in that younger age group.
“So, we are seeing these large numbers of cases being translated into infections in older people and more vulnerable people have asked what’s leading to greater numbers of hospitalisations again, and loss of life which is a concern to me as all it needs is a variant to come along with mutations and we’re back to square one.”