Sajid Javid grilled by host on mask wearing rules
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Health Secretary Sajid Javid admitted that on the day that the UK is set to relax coronavirus measures, July 19, cases are expected to be around 50,000 daily. While speaking on the Today Programme with Mishal Husain, Mr Javid admitted this could reach as high as 100,000 cases. However, the Health Secretary added the Government still intends to continue with its plans of relaxing measures.
He argued a crucial reason for this is the weakening link between the rate of cases and death.
Due to the successful vaccine rollout, unlike earlier in the pandemic, the rate of infection being high does not automatically translate into a large increase in the amount of death.
Ms Husain said: “We are projected, in 9 days time to get to 50,000 cases a day.
“That is before we unlock, what are you then expecting and what has been projected for the impact of the lockdown?”
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Mr Javid replied: “I think because this is uncharted territory, as you go further out, the numbers, in terms of projections, are even less reliable.
“It is fair to say what you just said, I just said in Parliament yesterday, by the time we get to the 19th, we expect case numbers to be at least double what they are now, so around 50,000 cases a day.
“As we ease and go into the summer, we expect cases to rise significantly and they could go as high as 100,000 case numbers.
“We want to be very straightforward about what we can expect in case numbers but what matters more than anything is hospitalisation and death numbers.
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“That is where the link is severely weakened.”
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