Leading expert Professor Neil Ferguson who was dubbed “Professor lockdown” in March 2020, has said there’s been no “rapid increase” in infections since schools have gone back.
The scientist, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), warned the “challenge” will be people mixing indoors throughout the winter.
Throughout the winter the vaccine protection will reduce and Professor Ferguson warned there is “likely to be some upward pressure on case numbers.”
The Imperial College London scientist said, “Overall case trends in the UK are cautiously encouraging in the sense that we have flat or even slightly declining case numbers.
“So long as we can roll out the booster programme and the vaccination of teenagers as promptly as possible, and I do think we’ll probably have to move to second doses in teenagers as well to get effective levels of protection against Delta, as long as that is done in a prompt way, I’m moderately optimistic.
“We can’t rule out some need for additional measures, but I very much doubt we will need to go back into lockdown again.”
He added: “I don’t think that would need to go as far as full-blown lockdown, but we night need to re-impose certain restrictions just to get hospital admissions down again.”
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Professor Ferguson predicts that there will be”some degree of social distancing or other measures,” which could be imposed should there be a “really significant uptick” in hospital admissions across England.