On July 19, the British government lifted all corona restrictions. The day is known as “Freedom Day”. Politics and the media are also expressing themselves irritated and skeptical in this country. Now the number of new infections in the UK is falling. Scientists are surprised by the spread of the delta variant.
Since the so-called “Freedom Day” on July 19, when all corona restrictions were lifted in Great Britain, the eyes of the world have been on the country. The background to this is the spread of the delta variant from India, which is causing concern among heads of state and government around the world. With reference to science, there is largely skepticism in the media about the now barely controllable spread of the delta variant in Great Britain.
Meanwhile, the British government under Prime Minister Boris Johnson is convinced that the UK is well armed due to a high vaccination rate. In addition, it is of the opinion that the number of new infections should therefore no longer be the decisive indicator for measuring the incidence of infection. Rather, it is now important to keep a close eye on the number of hospitalizations.
For example, the British Minister of Health Sajid Javid declared at the beginning of July that, due to the easing, infection numbers in the order of 100,000 for the coming weeks and months would be quite realistic.
“But what matters more than anything is the numbers of hospital stays and deaths, and that’s where the link has been severely weakened.”
Meanwhile, the number of new Delta infections in the UK is falling. On Monday, the lowest number of new cases of British people who tested positive for the new variant was recorded.
Like the news agency Reuters reported the number of new “cases” fell for the sixth day in a row, from 29,173 on Sunday to 24,950 on Monday. This is the lowest level in three weeks and again corresponds to a decrease in new infections of more than 50 percent compared to July 17th. On that day, 54,674 new infections were counted.
“The total number of new cases in the past week is just over a quarter of a million, more than a fifth lower than in the previous week.”
Meanwhile, other publications also refer to the phenomenon of declining infection numbers that can be observed in Great Britain. In the Financial Times it was said on Monday:
“A sharp drop in the number of people in the UK who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past six days has surprised and delighted scientists. “
The British publication refers to the virologist Stephen Griffin from the University of Leeds. According to Griffin, the recent decline in cases in England is “good news, but also puzzling as the (corona) restrictions have been gradually relaxed”.
Adam Finn, Professor of Pediatrics at Bristol University, is quoted as follows:
“The recent decline in the daily number of positive tests is cause for joy. It means that fewer viruses are being transmitted and, ultimately, there are fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths than we feared and expected a week ago.”
Professor James Naismith from the University of Oxford is more cautious, as the effects of “Freedom Day” would not be reflected in the “daily test numbers” until the end of the current week. Therefore, despite the decline, one still expects an increase in the number of infections.
“Many scientists, myself included, expect the number of cases to increase as the lockdown ends.”
But Naismith admits that they have already made mistakes in the past and will continue to do so in the future, since it is a new disease that is being learned every day.
the Financial Times points to economic experts that confirmation that the recent corona wave in the UK may have peaked would improve the economic outlook again. This is at a time when “fears were growing that the delta variant would undermine the prospects for a recovery in the fall”.
In the meantime, the latest developments in Great Britain are not entirely unexpected. In the motherland of the delta variant, India, the number of new infections fell for weeks – despite a low rate of double vaccinations of just under seven percent. With a population of around 1.4 billion, the number of new infections was currently 29,689.
According to the information service Corona in numbers the rate of first vaccinations in Great Britain is 68.63 percent. Accordingly, 54.9 percent of the population are fully vaccinated. As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, Great Britain has so far counted 129,172 deaths related to SARS-CoV-2 – the second highest figure in Europe after Russia.
On “Freedom Day” the British Prime Minister announced that from the end of September only double-vaccinated citizens would have the right to attend events where “large crowds” meet. This applies to clubs and bars, for example – these have been allowed to fully open their doors again since July 19. Presumably, the British institution of pubs could also be affected.
The British Prime Minister warned the population that the pandemic was not over yet.
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