Coronavirus news UK – Britain ‘close to bottom’ of outbreak as UK buys 60m booster jabs to fight mutant viruses

ENGLAND’S deputy chief medical officer has suggested “we are at or close to the bottom” of the pandemic in the UK.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19 were “in very low levels” and comparable to September last year.

He added the number of people in hospital due to the virus is expected to drop further.

Looking ahead, he said vaccines could reduce a third wave of the virus, making it a “third upsurge” instead, but said it was “inconceivable” that there will not be further bumps in the road.

It comes as it was announced an extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus jab have been secured for a booster vaccination programme in the autumn.

Spain has confirmed for the first time it will welcome Brits back to its beaches in June.

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