In light of “Freedom Day”, Professor Beate Kampmann – the director of the vaccine centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – is concerned “the NHS will get into a very difficult situation again”. “To take away the masks completely… is not the right decision,” she said. “I think the regulations should come back in.” The Government’s latest report demonstrated that the number of people testing positive for coronavirus is steeply increasing. In the past seven days, 206,046 Britons tested positive for Covid.
While the link between the number of Covid cases, hospital admissions, and deaths has been weakened, the tie hasn’t been severed.
To exemplify, this week there has been 2,873 people admitted to hospital because of Covid.
In addition, 176 people have lost their lives – showing that this disease is still a threat to human life.
The success of the vaccine roll-out – nearing 46 million people who have had their first jab – is the reason why deaths haven’t been higher.
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Dr Alicia Demirjian from Public Health England (PHE) said: “There is currently limited evidence available about this variant.”
PHE is currently “undertaking investigations to better understand the mutations on the behaviour of the virus”.
Further, more robust studies are needed to understand the full extent of the Lambda strain’s effects.
At present, there is nothing to suggest that the symptoms of infection with the Lambda variant would be any different to other strains.
Is Freedom Day really going ahead?
July 19 is supposed to be the day that all coronavirus restrictions can be lifted, dubbed “Freedom Day”.
People will be encouraged to exercise their “personal responsibility” to choose whether or not to wear masks in certain situations.
Limits on social contact in England will disappear, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
However, around 122 scientists are advocating for Freedom Day not to go ahead as planned.
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