THE next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether coronavirus restrictions in England can be lifted next month, experts have said.
The CEO of industry body UK Hospitality, Kate Nicholls, said it was “absolutely critical” that the remainder of the hospitality sector is allowed to unlock on June 21.
But Professor Christina Pagel, from University College London and a member of Independent Sage, says that England’s reopening should be delayed for a few more months.
Current data suggests that although hospital admissions are rising in some parts of the country affected by the Indian variant, overall admissions remain broadly flat.
Three new coronavirus hotspots have been identified in England as experts warn the Indian variant is now the dominant strain.
But there’s good news, too, after it was announced that a single shot coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson has been approved for use in the UK.
The one-dose jab, developed by Johnson & Johnson’s pharma arm Janssen, is 67 per cent effective overall at preventing moderate to severe Covid-19, and may offer complete protection from admission to hospital and death.
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