Figures offered at a Downing Road press briefing confirmed a “stark image” of the nationwide outbreak, Well being Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned, regardless of a pointy fall in infections in a lot of the nation.
The “sobering” warnings got here because the UK’s vaccine rollout handed 19 million jabs. On the briefing Mr Hancock confirmed the Authorities could be persevering with with the age primarily based rollout within the subsequent phased, resisting stress from educating unions to supply jabs in response to occupation.
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam urged all those that had acquired the primary dose of their vaccination to proceed following the principles.
He instructed a press briefing: “A lot as it’s encouraging and far as I’m upbeat about vaccines and the way they’re going to change how we dwell and what the illness is like between now and the summer time, there’s a lengthy approach to go.
“And my inbox within the final week has been besieged with individuals writing in saying, I’ve had the vaccine, basically can I now begin to break the principles?
“Can I’m going and see my grandchildren and do X, Y and Z? And the reply to that’s no.
“We aren’t but collectively, as a rustic, in the precise place.”