The Chief Medical Officer warned him strongly when he emphasized the importance of people acting now to contain the spread of the virus

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Britain could face another winter of coronavirus restrictions if we don’t act now to contain the virus, Professor Chris Whitty has warned

The Chief Medical Officer warned him strongly when he emphasized the importance of people acting now to contain the spread of the virus

Prof Whitty said people shouldn’t imagine that the virus would go away in spring, as he stressed that the vaccination schedule was “realistic but not easy”

Boris Johnson has said that there is a “prospect” that the coronavirus lockdown in England may be eased in mid-February

Michael Gove admitted earlier today that the current restrictions could extend into March – but it is the first admission by a high-profile figure that restrictions could drag on for many, many months

He told the Downing Street press conference, “If we haven’t done all of the things we all need to do now, if people don’t take being home seriously, the risk at this point is mid-range Winter with this new variant is extraordinarily high ”

He said the risk will gradually decrease over time as measures are “gradually increased, possibly at different rates in different parts of the country, we have to see”

“We will then get to a point in time where people will say that risk is something society is willing to tolerate and be willing to put to almost no restrictions,” he added,

“We may have to bring in some next winter, that is possible as winter benefits the virus””

The grim warning came when hospital admissions of people with Covid-19 hit another record high, as the numbers from NHS England also show

For the 3rd January 3351 registrations reported in England, bringing the previous record of 3145 on 2 January was exceeded

Prof Whitty said lengthening the gap between the first and second burst doses of the jap would mean the number of people vaccinated could double over three months

“If you have more than 50% protection during this period, you have actually won. More people will have been protected than usual,” he said at a press conference No. 10

He added, “The NHS will have to use multiple channels to get this out, but they are very determined to do it, but that doesn’t make it easy

“And of course, in the case of the Pfizer vaccine, I believe it is widespread, because of the complicated cold chain model, it is more difficult to manage

“We also wanted to be very careful with both vaccines for the first two or three days that we walked a little slowly, just in case there were unexpected problems initially”

It came when some 13 million Britons received the Covid-19 vaccine – including 23% of those over 80, said Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister pledged to provide daily vaccine numbers starting Monday as he warned of “long weeks” as the UK races to introduce bumps amid rising infection rates

Around 11 million people – 1 in 50 in private households – were, according to the Office for National Statistics, between the 27th December and the 2 January infected with coronavirus

Mr Johnson said that 11 million people in England had received the bump on Tuesday, with 13 million across the UK

“That means almost one in four of the most vulnerable groups will have a significant level of immunity in two to three weeks,” said Johnson

“That is why I believe the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization has rightly drawn up a program that will save most lives the fastest”

The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to ensure that the top four priority groups receive the first dose of the vaccine by mid-February

The 80+, NHS and nursing staff, the 70+, and the extremely clinically at risk are high on the list to get the sting

Mr Johnson said, “We know we have long weeks ahead of us in which to comply with these restrictions

“But I want to give you – the British people – the greatest possible transparency about this vaccine, which will be updated in greater detail on Thursday and daily from Monday, so you can see how far we are going day by day”

The news of vaccines came as shock numbers showed the virus was developing rapidly across the country

Prof Whitty said the fact that one in 50 households across the UK had coronavirus was “a pretty big number really”

But he added: “But then we had the problems with the new variant and the worst winter period combined, which led to a significant increase since that time”

He added, “The NHS will have to use multiple channels to get this out, but they are very determined to do it, but that doesn’t make it easy

“And of course, in the case of the Pfizer vaccine, I believe it is widespread, because of the complicated cold chain model, it is more difficult to manage

“We also wanted to be very careful with both vaccines for the first two or three days, that we walked a little slowly, just in case there were unexpected problems initially”

In London between 27 December and the 2 January about one in 30 people in private households Covid-19, said the ONS with

The number for South East England, East England, and North West England is estimated at one in 45 for the East Midlands it is one in 50; one in 60 for north east England; and for the West Midlands and Yorkshire & the Humber one of 65

It comes after the Prime Minister threw all of England into its third national lockdown, with all schools closed and people told to stay home except for essential shopping and exercise

The rules will be reviewed in mid-February With a “prospect”, the lockdown could be eased if the introduction of the vaccine is successful

Mr Johnson said, “If a very sizeable portion of the most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated then there is a real chance that we will begin easing some of these measures

“But you will also appreciate the many caveats and ifs involved The most important thing is that we all now follow the instructions “

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Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-chris-whitty-says-lockdown-23267037