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GP calls for UK to ‘stop publishing’ Covid figures ahead of expected 100,000 daily cases

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Dr Rosemary Leonard told BBC Breakfast that the large number of daily coronavirus cases in the UK sounds horrifying but the majority of infections are from young people who are most likely to experience minor illnesses as a result of catching Covid-19. The GP also stressed the importance of continuing to record the figures regarding hospital admissions and deaths linked to the coronavirus.

Dr Leonard said: “I wonder and this may sound very radical, whether it is time to stop publishing these daily figures.

“We do not do it with flu, we do not do it with common colds.

“I think the figures that are really important are the number of people being admitted into hospital and the number of deaths.

“When you have these large figures of 100,00 these are largely in young people.

“Mercifully, Covid is a fairly minor illness in young people.

“So when you hear these large number of cases yes if it was in elderly vulnerable people that would be horrifying but it is not.”

The UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid has previously warned that Covid cases could get as high as 100,000 cases a day this summer.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the UK’s Government move to release a number of restrictions on July 19.

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Mr Johnson said: “I want to set out what our lives would be like from the 19th of this month – which is only a few days away – if and when we move to step 4 – a decision we will finally take on the 12th – and I want to stress from the outset that this pandemic is far from over and it will certainly not be over by 19th.  

“As we predicted in the roadmap we’re seeing cases rise fairly rapidly – and there could be 50,000 cases detected per day by the 19th and again as we predicted, we’re seeing rising hospital admissions and we must reconcile ourselves sadly to more deaths from Covid.

“In these circumstances, we must take a careful and a balanced decision.

“And there is only one reason why we can contemplate going ahead to step 4 – in circumstances where we’d normally be locking down further – and that’s because of the continuing effectiveness of the vaccine roll-out.

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“When we paused step 4 a few weeks ago, we had two reasons. First, we wanted to get more jabs into people’s arms – and we have, with over 45 million adults now having received a first dose and 33 million a second.

“That is a higher proportion of the adult population of any European country except Malta, and our expectation remains that by July 19 every adult will have had the chance to receive a first dose and two-thirds will have received their second dose.

“And second, we wanted a bit more time to see the evidence that our vaccines have helped to break the link between disease and death.

“And as the days have gone by it has grown ever clearer that these vaccines are indeed successful with the majority of those admitted to hospital unvaccinated.”

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