Coronavirus warning: Scientist says UK is in ‘early stages’ of third wave as cases rise

Boris Johnson warns UK of coronavirus 'third wave'

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Speaking to Radio 4 Today programme Professor Ravi Gupta from the University of Cambridge warned Britain is seeing signs of an early third wave of coronavirus. He said that despite  new cases being “relatively low” the new Indian variant is spreading fast. He stressed how the large number of vaccinated Brits will mean that early wave will “probably take longer than previous waves to emerge”. Concerns are rising over the number of cases the new indian coronavirus variant is causing as it sweeps through communities up and down the country. On Sunday the UK reported more than 3,000 new Covid infections for a fifth day running.

Mr Gupta said: “There has been exponential growth in the number of new cases and at least three quarters of them are the new variant.”

“Of course the numbers of cases are relatively low at the moment.

“But of course all waves start with low numbers of cases that grumble in the background and then become explosive.”

He warned: “So the key here is that what we are seeing is the signs of an early wave that will probably take longer than previous waves to emerge.”

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He explained the wave will take longer because of the high number of vaccinated Brits.

But Professor Gupta stressed: “There may be a false sense of security for some time, and that’s our concern.”

The covid boffin added: “The key here is a lot of the infections are going to be asymptomatic as we know.

“Even if you are vaccinated does not mean you are completely vaccinated.”

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Professor Gupta went on to warn that high numbers of children and untested people could mean there are far more cases present in the country than the figures suggest.

His comments come as Professor Linda Bauld, Chair of Public Health in The Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh said the current June 21 lockdown easing date was “too soon” as fears rise over the spread of the Indian variant.

She told Sky News’ Trevor Philips: “I think it is very ambitious looking at the national picture.”

The professor added: “I really think it is too early to be charging ahead, I would like to see several more weeks data.


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“Other countries like Israel that have fully opened up have many more who have full protection from the vaccine and we are just not there yet.”

And in a worrying conclusion, she said: “We can’t commit to the towards the end of June.”

On Saturday a further 3,398 positive coronavirus cases were recorded in the UK while 7 people sadly died.

As of Friday May 29 when the figures were updated, 31, 39,259,168 Brits have recieved at least one dose of a covid vaccine while 25,332,851 have had both doses.

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