A former chief scientific advisor has warned that the Prime Minister is not in a position to fully unlock England on 21 June.
Sir David King warned that the current data shows that the UK had around 2,000 more cases last week and there is evidence that a third wave is appearing.
Sir David who is also the chair of the Independent Sage group and was in the same position as Sir Patrick Vallance, told Sky News there is “5,300 new cases of the disease per day in the United Kingdom and we’re up about 2,000 on last week.
“Now we’ve been discussing whether or not we’re going into a serious third wave and I don’t think we can possibly wait any longer. This is the evidence of another wave appearing.”
Sir David said there are 932 people per day going into hospital, which is up by 65 from last week.
“I’m very reluctant to say that we should not go out of lockdown on 21 June, but I think the figures are in now, and it will be wise for the government to announce right away a delay in opening, just so that we can all plan for the post 21 June period.
Kay Burley asked Sir David how long would he delay the reopening of England, he said, “I 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.”
The Independent Sage who are a group of scientists who provide independent scientific advice to the government and the public have warned that the rise of the Indian variant in the UK will soar if England lockdown ends causing a third wave.