Britain’s daily COVID hospital admissions have reached a four-month high, increasing by 50 per cent in a week to their highest level since March.
Department of Health figures posted showed hospitalisations reached 406 on June 30, and it’s a sign the explosion in cases over the past month is now starting to put additional pressure on the NHS.
COVID deaths also jumped their highest level since the end of April, increasing 20.3 per cent in a week, and another 37 victims were recorded.
Meanwhile, infections are continuing to spiral across the United Kingdom, jumping to 28,773, up 49 per cent on last Tuesday and the highest daily figure since January 29.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid admitted the toll could reach 100,000 a day by the summer, as No 10 drives forward with Freedom Day on July 19 as part of its initiative for society to exist adjacent to the virus.
Hospitalisations and mortality are expected to increase as cases rise but vaccines have broken the once impenetrable link between vulnerable people getting contaminated and becoming critically sick, leaving ministers confident that the third wave this summer won’t be as severe as previous waves.
Britain’s vaccine rollout is continuing to crawl forward, even though everyone over the age of 18 has been able to get a jab for a fortnight, and approximately 80,000 first doses and 150,000 top-ups were dished out on Monday, which means 86.2 per cent of adults (45.4 million) have had a jab.
It comes as Sajid Javid faced fury as he revealed the requirement for the double jabbed to self-isolate won’t be dropped until August 16, dooming millions more healthy people to put their lives on hold.
He said the protective wall thrown up by the vaccine drive meant that ministers could look again at the rules when people are pinged for contact with an infected person.
From the middle of next month people who’ve got two doses, with the second given at least two weeks before, can take PCR tests rather than self-isolating. Under 18s will also not be subjected to constraints from the same date.
But the timetable means scary numbers will be caught in the system after Freedom Day on July 19, with furious businesses warning that they’re on the verge of disaster with huge staff absences and customers bailing out of bookings.
Others also raved that the government was failing to give any clarity on the rules for getting staff back into offices.
Enough is enough, we have to learn to live with this, because it doesn’t seem that it’s ever going to go away, and people will die, that’s a fact of life, sadly, and maybe they should be reporting daily deaths from cancer and heart disease et cetera so that they can put those statistics into perspective.
But they dare not report that because about 166,000 poor souls die of cancer every year, that’s more than 450 people every day in the United Kingdom, including other illnesses and old age, and I don’t doubt that we can expect that those figures will increase dramatically too.
And let’s face it, lockdowns do nothing but extend the time for the virus to work its way through the population, and yes, we do need to protect the vulnerable but we also need to get on with business, otherwise, there will be an economic disaster that will ultimately destroy the NHS, far more swiftly than what COVID ever could, and project fear is now projected here!