THE UK will face “tens of thousands” more Covid deaths as lockdown is lifted – despite the UK seeing its lowest daily fatalities in 10 WEEKS.
Scientists at SAGE have been modelling the path of the outbreak under various unlocking scenarios to warn Boris Johnson against moving too fast.
According to documents given to the Prime Minister to inform his lockdown roadmap, there will be another wave in July, very slowly fizzling out by the end of 2021 – plus an additional 30,000 to 80,000 deaths on top of the 120,000 so far.
During a Downing Street press conference yesterday, Mr Johnson hailed spring and summer as “the seasons of hope” – and that the vaccine had “helped us change the odds”.
As part of his four step approach, schools will reopen in early March and Brits will be able to meet up to five friends within a matter of weeks.
According to the PMs lockdown roadmap, the first date for your diary will be March 8 when schools reopen and you’ll once again be able to meet one friend or family member in an outside space for a picnic or a coffee.
Despite the positive feeling around the roadmap, Boris reminded Brits that all steps towards easing are reliant on cases, hospital admissions, vaccinations and deaths continuing to fall.
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