The Home Secretary Priti Patel has warned that England has a “long way to go” before there can be any thought as to when lockdown will ease.
Patel said that England is at a “pivitol stage” in tackling the virus and this is not the time to be speaking about “relaxation of measures.”
The Home Secretary said, “Quite frankly, when I look at the incredible work that is taking place in the NHS right now, when we still see hospitalisation figures now standing at over 38,000 people, with the number of people still dying with coronavirus, with the number of hospital admissions increasing, this is no time to speak about the relaxation of measures and we’re not going to do that publicly yet.”
She warned that we are not “out of the woods” yet as the UK recorded a further 1,610 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, which was the highest daily number ever recorded in one day.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast Patel was asked over the death toll almost reaching 100,000 across the UK.
She said, “I would put it on the scale of tragedy that every single life lost, every single death, is a personal and human tragedy.
“All our lives have been touched and altered by coronavirus, which is why we are in the current situation of having a national lockdown.
“You’ve heard me say before that we have to absolutely focus on sticking with the coronavirus rules – staying at home, stopping the spread of this deadly, dreadful virus and disease.
“And also look at the pressures on our NHS … this is deeply challenging and none of us can say, hand on heart, that we’re out of the woods yet.
“We have a long way to go. The vaccine rollout is a positive step forward but we’ve obviously got to vaccinate a very significant number of the population, and that work is taking place.”
The Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine warned that hospital staff are struggling to deal with the exceptionally high number of Covid patients being admitted.
Speaking to the Evening Standard the Prime Minister said, “With Covid cases stubbornly high and an alarming number of people still in hospitals across London we need everyone to continue to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.