Third wave looms over the UK, scientist warns

Professor Ravi Gupta from the University of Cambridge has advised that further lifting of coronavirus restrictions in the UK should be delayed by a few weeks.

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A scientific adviser to the government has warned against a false sense of security as there are signs of a third wave of Covid-19 in the UK. File photo: Icsilviu from Pixabay

PRETORIA, May 31 (ANA) – There are signs the United Kingdom is in the early stages of a third wave of coronavirus infections, the BBC reported a scientific adviser to the government as saying on Monday.

The British broadcaster reported that Professor Ravi Gupta, from the University of Cambridge, explained that even though the new cases were relatively low, the Indian variant had caused exponential growth.

“Of course the numbers of cases are relatively low at the moment – all waves start with low numbers of cases that grumble in the background and then become explosive, so the key here is that what we are seeing here is the signs of an early wave.

“It will probably take longer than earlier waves to emerge because of the fact that we do have quite high levels of vaccination in the population, so there may be a false sense of security for some time, and that’s our concern,” the Oxford Mail quoted Gupta as saying.

Gupta warned that lifting Covid-19 restrictions next month should be delayed by a few weeks.

On May 17, the UK eased its coronavirus restrictions, allowing people to socialise indoors in limited numbers, hug loved ones and visit pubs and restaurants indoors.

The plan is to continue to ease restrictions as more people are inoculated.

“I think the problem is we are not too far from reaching the sort of levels of vaccination that would help us contain the virus, and I think that people are not saying we should abandon the June 21 date altogether but just to delay it by a few weeks while we gather more intelligence and we can look at the trajectory in a clearer way,” Gupta suggested.

According to the BBC, more than 39 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Yaron Blecher

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