LONDON (AP) — A British scientist who gained prominence for situation where the disease can be managed by vaccinations rather than “crisis measures” such as lockdowns.said Saturday that the U.K. is unlikely to need future lockdowns. However, new infections may rise significantly as increase. Professor Neil Ferguson, an infectious disease expert at Imperial College London, told The Times of London that Britain would likely move to a
“I wouldn’t rule it out altogether, but I think it’s unlikely we will need a new lockdown or even social-distancing measures of the type we’ve had so far,’’ he said. “The caveat is, of course, if thevirus surge in the U.K. has eased, with the number of falling in most parts of the country.
Based on its weekly survey of infection levels, the Office for National Statistics said infection health experts credit the U.K.’s successful nationwide vaccination program for slowing the spread of COVID-19 even in the face of the more infectious delta variant, which was first discovered in India and is now the . With almost 74% of adults , the government plans to expand to teenagers.in England, Scotland, and Wales, though not in Northern Ireland, with the most significant declines in younger age groups. Public
The31,808 new infections across the U.K. on Friday, down 42% from the peak of the in mid-July. But many scientists warn that infection levels are still too high for complacency and that the due to a drop in testing. Over the past week, the U.K. has reported an average of 26,513 new cases daily, up from fewer than 2,000 cases daily . It still has Europe’s second-worst pandemic after Russia, with over 130,000 confirmed deaths.
The latest controversy surrounding says it’s another example of “one rule for them and another for everyone else.” The drop in U.K. infection rates has surprised some scientists. Many predicted a sharp rise this summer after the government lifted most remaining lockdown restrictions on July 19.shows the issue’s sensitivity. The Guardian newspaper reported Friday that Johnson had been in close contact with a staff member who later tested , which should require Johnson to self-isolate for ten days under rules designed to combat the disease. But Johnson’s refusal to self-isolate has sparked criticism from the opposition Labour Party, which
Ferguson urged caution.
“We’re at a stage where we’ve got a huge amount of immunity in the population, but the virus is more transmissible than it’s ever been, so we have this complicated trade-off,” Ferguson said. “If we increase contacts, we may reach another point where we start seeing increasingagain.”
After successfullyover 50, Britain focuses on younger people. One university is even offering cash prizes to students who have been . All are being entered into a drawing, with ten winners receiving 5,000 pounds ($6,937) if they can prove they are double-jabbed or exempt.
Professor Adam Tickell, the university’s vice-chancellor, denied the. “We’re not bribing them,’’ Tickell told the BBC. “We’re just giving an incentive. Follow all AP stories on the at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic.