Daily cases continue to rise as scientists debate further lockdown easing
The UK has reported no new deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test for the first time since July 2020, according to government figures, as the country’s mass vaccination campaign continues to keep fatalities low.
But the latest data comes amid growing unease about plans to press ahead with the final stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown restrictions on 21 June as daily cases have risen sharply in recent days.
Nicola Sturgeon said cases of the variant first detected in India – renamed as the Delta variant by the World Health Organisation – now accounted for over half of new cases north of the border, as she outlined a “slight slowing down” of the easing of restrictions.
While moving Glasgow down to Level 2 – the only area that had remained in Level 3 – the Scottish first minister described the current situation as “delicate and fragile” and said the vast majority of the country’s central belt would remain under Level 2, instead of moving to Level 1 as planned next week.
However, No 10 indicated that Boris Johnson still sees nothing in the data to suggest that the plan to end all legal Covid restrictions later this month in England should be delayed. A final decision is expected before 14 June.
“The prime minister has said on a number of occasions that we haven’t seen anything in the data but we will continue to look at the data, we will continue to look at the latest scientific evidence as we move through June towards 21 June,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.