The Health Secretary Sajid Javid is to hold a press conference later today where he will provide England with a stark warning.
Javid is expected to announce “Plan B” restrictions which the government will impose unless there is an increase with the number of booster jabs.
The government could include legal requirements such working from home and the mandatory wearing of face masks.
The press conference will take place at 5pm today and the Sun has reported that Javid will rally a call for Brits to get the booster jabs.
Javid is expected to say, “What we want to do is manage the situation as it is. We don’t want to go back into lockdown or into further restrictions
“We just want to keep going, keep the economy going, keep people, getting back to normal life.
“We’ve had our lock downs, we’ve managed to reopen the economy, and I don’t want to revert back.”
Adam Finn, who is on the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation warned that there has been a “real increase” in infections “than ever throughout the whole pandemic.”
He told BBC Breakfast, “It feels like everyone has gone back to normal habits. I suspect, but I don’t know, most people are not doing lateral flow tests and, as a result, we’re seeing more infections than ever throughout the whole pandemic.
“These vaccines are extremely good at stopping you ending up in hospital but their ability to stop you getting the infection at all or passing it on are modest.
“It by no means solves the problem. If we want to see the figures go down we need to do more than that. It really is time people realise we can’t just go back to normal.”
Professor Paul Moss, of the Institute of Immunology at the University of Birmingham told Sky News this morning that it is “disappointing” that England has seen exceptionally high rates of Covid infections.
He added, “I think on the whole at the moment the death rate is relatively well controlled.
“But I am concerned about the pressure on hospitals for sure.”
When asked over the low and slow uptake of booster jabs, he said, “The message is do get your boosters and I think that will provide very good protection.”
But warned over the impact of the protection provided at the start of the year with vaccine rollout is now waning.
He said, “It’s been about a year now since we’ve had the vaccine.
“What they’ve achieved is phenomenal… the number of deaths they’ve saved and hospitalisations is phenomenal.”