Covid news latest – Fourth lockdown ‘can’t be ruled out’ and ‘could be reimposed’ to protect the NHS from Delta variant

ANOTHER lockdown could be needed if the NHS is overrun by cases as new ‘third wave’ hits England’s towns & cities.

Dr Susan Hopkins, the director for Covid-19 at Public Health England, told The Andrew Marr Show: “We may have to do further lockdowns this winter, I can’t predict the future – it really depends on whether the hospitals start to become overwhelmed at some point.”

Last week an expert said Britain is currently going through a “mini wave” of infections primarily among young people rather than a full scale third wave, data from the Covid-19 data gathering Zoe app appeared to show.

In fully and partly vaccinated groups, the increase in infections has fallen from 89% to 53% in recent days suggesting jabs are pushing back the spike and keeping those most at risk safe.

Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE Covid study app and professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s, told The Telegraph that it looked as though cases would peak within two weeks.

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