木曜日に, Public Health England said cases of the variant had increased from 520 に 1,313 in the past week. The variant has spread most across the northwest and in London, where measures such as mobile testing, door to door testing and vaccine buses were being deployed, PHE said in a statement. In areas most affected, health authorities said they planned to implement “additional control measures” including rapid testing and tracing in areas where there is increased spread.
“We need to act collectively and responsibly to ensure that variants do not impact on the progress we have all made to drive down levels of Covid-19 and the increased freedom that brings,” 博士. Susan Hopkins, Covid-19 Strategic Response Director at PHE, said in the statement
England enters phase two of its plan to lift restrictions on Monday, under which indoor dining will re-open.
“At the moment there’s a very wide range of scientific opinion about what could happen, but we want to make sure that we take all the prudential, all the cautious steps now that we could take,” ジョンソンは言った. “There’s a range of things that we could do, we’re ruling nothing out.”
Johnson promised “you’ll be hearing a lot more before the end of the month, about what the world will exactly look like from June 21st”.
“But as I’ve said before, I am cautiously optimistic about that. And provided this Indian variant — B.1.617.2 — doesn’t take off in the way that some people fear, I think certainly things could get back much, much closer to normality.”
UK minister James Cleverly said the government is waiting to take decisions “based on the data and the evidence” provided by the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE).
“総理大臣, the Health Secretary has always been clear that the easing of restrictions which allow us to get back to normality will be done at a pace and in a way which is safe, and we will always be driven by the data,” he told Sky News earlier Thursday.