Covid UK: ‘We may need more lockdowns next winter,’ scientists warn

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The UK ‘may have to do further lockdowns this winter’, a top expert has warned.

Dr Susan Hopkins from Public Health England said she hopes the current wave ‘will not look the same as previous waves’, as the NHS continues with the Covid vaccination programme.

More lockdowns are possible in winter, but this depends on hospital admissions and there will also be alternatives, she said.

Speaking on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, Dr Hopkins said the country is currently ‘seeing the impact of vaccination’.

She said: ‘We are definitely seeing some signals in some areas of cases slowing down, Bolton for example has definitely reversed, Blackburn and Darwen has stabilised.

‘But there are other parts of the country, particularly in some parts of the north-east, some parts of London that are still rising quite fast.

‘So I think this is not all doing the same thing all over the country, and we’re seeing rises and falls as people go out and get tested and I think we are seeing the impact of vaccination and that is good news.

‘The extra time to vaccinate more people, get two doses of vaccination in as many people as possible will hopefully mean that what we’re seeing with this wave won’t look the same as the previous waves that we’ve seen in this country.’

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