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Coronavirus UK news – Lockdown to RETURN in 11 WEEKS with hospitalisations rising by 2,000 every day, experts fear


Health minister Edward Argar said it is “possible” that daily coronavirus case numbers could hit the 100,000 mark but stressed that vaccines are helping to protect people from serious illness and hospital admission.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “You’ve seen the Secretary of State and others talk about between a range of 50,000 to 100,000 is possible.”

Mr Argar added: “If you look at hospital admissions, and forgive me if my figures are a little bit out, but the seven-day rolling average of hospital admissions for now, when we’re seeing this level of infection rate, is roughly between 350 and 400 a day.

“Back in January, with an equivalent infection rate, we were seeing 1,800 to 2,000.

“So you can see how that vaccine programme may not have broken it by 100% because the vaccine isn’t 100% effective, but it has really severely weakened that link and therefore the numbers we are going to see in hospital are going to be much smaller.”

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