I feel the prevailing restrictions … are making a distinction and you’ll see that. What we all know now – that we didn’t know a couple of weeks in the past – was, would these kinds of restrictions be sufficient to carry this virus beneath management with the brand new variant? And the reply is sure. It appears like it’s and issues are flattening off, not less than in some locations.
However Vallance additionally stated that top day by day demise numbers have been going to proceed “for some weeks”. He stated:
Once you have a look at the variety of infections we’ve had over the previous few weeks and the way that is more likely to proceed … I’m afraid we’re in a interval of excessive demise numbers that’s going to hold on for some weeks.
It’s not going to come back down rapidly even when the measures which are in place now begin to scale back the an infection numbers. So we’re in for a reasonably grim interval, I’m afraid.
It has been a comparatively quiet morning up to now. The UK authorities is being criticised for asserting final evening that the legislation requiring worldwide arrivals to England to have a unfavorable check will come into drive on Monday, not on Friday as initially deliberate. My colleague Matthew Weaver has this story.
And right this moment Michael Gove, the Cupboard Workplace minister, is because of chair a gathering that’s anticipated to approve a ban on flights from Brazil. My colleague Heather Stewart has the story right here.
Right here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: The ONS publishes figures on the financial influence of coronavirus.
9.30am: NHS England publishes its newest hospital ready time figures.
10.30am: An setting minister responds to a Commons pressing query concerning the influence of Brexit on the fishing business.
11am: NHS check and hint publishes its weekly efficiency figures.
12pm: Downing Road is predicted to carry its day by day foyer briefing.
12.15pm: Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, holds her day by day coronavirus briefing.
2pm: Public Well being England publishes its weekly Covid surveillance report.
Politics Reside is now doubling up because the UK coronavirus reside weblog and, given the way in which the Covid disaster eclipses all the pieces, this may proceed for the foreseeable future. However we shall be overlaying non-Covid political tales too, and once they appear extra essential or extra attention-grabbing, they may take priority.
Right here is our international coronavirus reside weblog.
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