The government was working on a “cool” and “calm” way to deal with the coronavirus epidemic, which was first detected in India, as antisocial behavior began to recede on Monday, Health Minister Edward Argar said. At a news conference on Friday, Boris Johnson said he would continue to allow internal gatherings of six or two people in the UK next week, although the final phase of the ban in June could face “major disruption”.
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His comments come amid scientific warnings that the alarming variant B.1.617.2, first discovered in India, could cause “significant” disease growth, reaching 50% more than the first discovery in Kent. “As Chris Whitty said yesterday, it can be [simple], but it can also be very portable where it makes sense,” Argar told BBC Breakfast on Saturday.
“We don’t know how much is happening right now. All the evidence so far suggests that there is no evidence of an increase in disease or that they are running away from vaccines. “Right now we are moving calmly and peacefully on Monday because of the evidence that we are doing the right thing, but we are reviewing everything.
Argar added that people should behave responsibly when deciding whether or not to punish relatives if they are allowed to do so. “You have to look at all the facts,” he said. “It is a personal obligation to make proper judgments.”
Professor Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical officer, warned on Friday that additional versions of B.1.617.2 could mean a “significant spike” in infections, as he predicted exclusion could become a serious problem in the UK. On Saturday, Professor Anthony Harden, vice chair of the Joint Vaccine and Immunization Committee (JCVI), said the coronavirus vaccine was “virtually ineffective” in reducing transmission.
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Harden, a government adviser on vaccination, told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “Vaccines may not be as effective at controlling disease, but we don’t think they are as effective at controlling serious disease. But when combined with ineffectiveness in fighting microbes, they are less effective at fighting infection.”
Argar said there was a “small increase” in people hospitalized for the virus, particularly uninvolved people aged between 35 and 65 in Bolton, where the Army will be deployed along with Blackburn and Darwen to help with testing to help more. people.
With summer cases of B.1,617.2 nearly tripling last week, targeted investigations have been carried out at locations across the UK, including several cities in London, Sefton, Worcester, Lancashire and Nottingham. Harden said there were still “a lot of uninfected people in high-risk groups in the area” and said today: “The concern is that uninfected pregnancies over 50 will have Covid from [other] mutations and eventually hospitalization. ” will build an account. ”
Individuals who are not eligible for the vaccine in areas where the strain has been found to be common are encouraged to receive the injection.
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Argar has also defended the country’s border controls amid growing criticism of Johnson’s tactics to prevent new strains from being imported from abroad. He said: “Our border control to reduce the risk of introducing new types of disease is one of the most difficult in the world.
“I think we have the right controls for breaking down the border, you’ll never remove it, but you’ll reduce the risk of being different from these other but different alternatives in the future.”
Asked why Bangladesh and Pakistan were not ahead of India on the Red List, he said the decision was made “based on evidence and based on a number of factors”.
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“There are so many different features, it’s not a binary thing,” adds Argar. India’s diversity could lead to a third critical Covid wave in the UK. Johnson said at a Downing Street news conference on Friday that Britain would face a “difficult choice” if the opposite could be delivered more than before.
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A Sage member, Sir Mark Walport, said the competition between the spread of the coronavirus and the release of a vaccine had “increased” since the first species emerged in India. “There is great scientific confidence that this new model is 50% higher than the previous B117 version. So, if you wish, the edge of the knife that will be used for racing will be sharpened.
”Minutes of Thursday’s meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) showed that scientists believe there is a “50% chance of more transmission”. In a separate defence, Johnson announced that those at risk in the clinic and those over the age of 50 would be followed up immediately after receiving their second dose of the vaccine.