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Unlikely England will go into ‘full blown lockdown’ this winter, says Neil Ferguson

Unlikely England will go into ‘full blown lockdown’ this winter, says Neil Ferguson
Epidemiologist ‘moderately optimistic’ as country yet to see back-to-school surge in Covid-19 infections

England is unlikely to need another “full blown 封鎖” this winter, a leading scientific adviser to the government has said.

教授 ニールファーガソン, a member of the 緊急事態のための科学諮問グループ (Sage), is “moderately optimistic” as England is yet to see a back-to-school surge in COVID 感染症.

It comes after the latest NHS Test and Trace figures recorded 162,000 coronavirus cases in the week up to last Wednesday – the lowest count since 30 六月, before almost all social distancing restrictions were lifted.

しかしながら, deaths have increased by 15 per cent week-on-week and cases have risen in school-age children.

Professor Ferguson, dubbed “Professor Lockdown” for his work advising early in the pandemic, 前記: “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 there could be a return to social distancing if there was a “significant uptick” in hospital admissions – but that a “full-blown lockdown” was unlikely.

“As long as we can roll out the booster programme and the vaccination of teenagers as promptly as possible, I’m moderately optimistic," 彼は言った.

Professor Ferguson last week called for children to be vaccinated to boost the UK’s immunity levels and stem the risk of a large winter wave of coronavirus.

The epidemiologist said the UK’s immunity levels were falling behind other European counties, スペインなど, Italy and France – but that he “hoped” the country would not need another national lockdown.

彼はBBCラジオ4に語った 今日 プログラム: “We’ve fallen behind a little bit. We were leading in Europe until recently and now several countries, スペイン, ポルトガル, フランス, Italy and Ireland, have got higher vaccination levels than us and that is largely because they have rolled out vaccination of 12- to 15-year-olds faster.”

Government figures published on Thursday showed coronavirus cases had risen by 36,710 in one day, さらに 182 Covid-related deaths were recorded.

Public Health England said Covid vaccinations were estimated to have prevented 123,100 people from dying in England.

約 23.9 million infections have also been prevented by the vaccine rollout, 一緒に 230,800 hospital admissions among people aged 45 オーバー.

According to the latest figures, より多い 89 per cent of all people aged 16 and over in England have now received one dose of vaccine, while almost 82 パーセントは完全に予防接種を受けています.