UK third wave: Scientists urge govt to delay 21 June lockdown easing

UK third wave: Scientists urge govt to delay 21 June lockdown easing

UK third wave: Scientists urge govt to delay 21 June lockdown easing

Many scientists are urging the government to delay the 21 June lockdown easing in England.

There are growing fears the UK is facing a third wave as the Delta variant first identified in India, is spreading – it now accounts for three-quarters of cases

  • June 21 lockdown lifting in doubt
  • Scientists urging govt to delay the lifting
  • Delta variant now accounts for three-quarters of cases 
  • Scientists warn UK in early stage of a third wave

More data was needed before a final decision could be made about the 21 June easing of restrictions, Prof Sir Mark Walport said. 

“We need to substitute speculation for scientific data that’s the truth of the matter, as everyone has said in the last few days, the situation is very delicately balanced with some three sets of moving parts.

“Firstly we have got a new more transmissible variant, of that there is no doubt, though we don’t know exactly how much more transmissible. Secondly, there’s been a change in behaviour following the relaxation of measures on 17 May, and the effects of that will just be starting to come through.”

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