London, April 22 (IANS) Another 2,396 people in the UK tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,395,703, according to official figures.
The country also reported another 22 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK is now 127,327. These figures released on Wednesday include only the deaths of people who died within 28 days of the first positive test, Xinhua news agency reported.
More than 33.1 million people have been given the first coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest official figures.
Earlier on Wednesday, a government advisory scientist warned that the UK could see a “summer rise” in coronavirus cases because many adults are not immunized.
Prof Adam Finn of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), an independent expert advisory committee advising UK health departments on immunization, said the modeling shows that coronavirus cases will increase in the summer as the lock is relaxed.
“The patterns we have seen on JCVI clearly indicate a summer increase in cases where the blockage is relaxed, as there are still many people in the adult population who have not been immunized,” he told the BBC.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that as Britain continues to make progress in the fight against coronavirus, “we cannot be fooled” that the virus has disappeared.
He mentioned that most scientific experts believe that there will be another wave at some point this year and the British must learn to live with the virus.
However, he said there was nothing in the scientific data to suggest that Britain would have to deviate from the roadmap outside the blockade.
In England, all stores have reopened since April 12, with the blockade, along with hairdressers, beauty salons and other close contact services. Restaurants and pubs were allowed to serve food and alcohol to outdoor guests. In the meantime, gyms, spas, zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centers can open.
On 17 May, restaurants and pubs should be able to resume service indoors and see most of the rules on outdoor gathering raised.
The British government’s four-step plan is expected to provide for the removal of all legal restrictions in England by mid-June.