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Health Secretary to issue update as cases up by 49% in seven days

7th Jun 21 10:39 am

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has warned that the government are prepared to hit the brakes to pause the 21 June date to unlock England.

Later today Hancock is to give an announcement to MPs over the 21 June unlock date, which could be delayed.

Over the last seven days there has been 33,496 cases which is a rise by 49% in England and there is “evidence that a third wave is appearing.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, Hancock said, “We are absolutely open to doing that if that’s what needs to happen.

“We said in the road map that June 21 is the date by which we would not take Step 4 before that date and that we would look at the data.

“That is exactly what we are doing, so the road map was set up in order to be able to take these sort of changes into account.”

The former chief scientific advisor to the government, Sid David King warned that the UK had around 2,000 more cases last week.

Sir David said there are 932 people per day going into hospital, which is up by 65 from last week.

Ravi Gupta, a professor of clinical microbiology at University of Cambridge said the government should take a cautious decision to delay the 21 June by a “few weeks” and not “months.”

Professor Gupta told BBC Breakfast, “I think that to go completely back to normal may not be in everyone’s best interests.

“The views of scientists such as myself and others reflect the fact that we want this to be the last lockdown that we ever go into, and we do not want to go into a reverse situation which would be much more damaging to the economy, people’s businesses and long-term welfare.”

He added, “We are in a situation where we could obtain huge gains just by a little bit more work.”

Sir David told Sky News that he “would give a few weeks’ delay and see how the fingers are emerging.

“So, I don’t know how long.

“As the Prime Minister has said, it’s data, not dates, that we should be governed by, and that’s response as well.”

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