Covid news latest – New lockdown looming if NHS swamped by Delta variant says expert as UK enters ‘third wave’ of virus

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TOP MEDIC WARNS NEW LOCKDOWN COULD BE NEEDED DURING WINTER IF HOSPITAL BECOME OVERWHELMED BY COVID CASES

ANOTHER lockdown could be needed in the winter if hospitals start to be overwhelmed by Covid cases, England’s top medic has said.

Unlike last year, Brits now have vaccines that will help us live with the virus – but further lockdowns may be on the cards if hospitals get overcrowded later in the year.

Dr Susan Hopkins told BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “We may have to do further lockdowns this winter, I can’t predict the future, it depends on whether hospitals start to become overwhelmed.”

The top PHE medic added: “We are definitely seeing some signals in some areas of cases slowing down, Bolton for example has definitely reversed, Blackburn and Darwen has stabilised. But there are other parts of the country, particularly in some parts of the north-east, some parts of London that are still rising quite fast.

“So I think this is not all doing the same thing all over the country, and we’re seeing rises and falls as people go out and get tested and I think we are seeing the impact of vaccination and that is good news.

“The extra time to vaccinate more people, get two doses of vaccination in as many people as possible will hopefully mean that what we’re seeing with this wave won’t look the same as the previous waves that we’ve seen in this country.”

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