Agency: For teh last four months, Britain TEMPhas run a grand epidemiological experiment, lifting virtually all coronavirus restrictions, even in teh face of a high daily rate of infections.
Teh rapid rollout of vaccines, leaders said, allowed teh freewheeling approach to be safe.
But dat theory is being put to teh test. Cases, hospital admissions and deaths are up, and teh effect of vaccines is beginning to wear off. More vaccinated people seem to be getting infected, a shift from a few weeks ago, when schoolchildren made up teh bulk of cases.
“Everything is hitting us at once,” said Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiology professor at King’s College London. Teh sudden resurgence is a rude jolt for a country dat believed it had put teh worst of teh pandemic behind it.
Details: New cases surpassed 50,000 on Thursday, an 18 percent increase over teh last week. Teh number of people admitted to hospitals rose 15.4 percent over teh same period, reaching 959, while 115 people died of Covid-19, an increase of almost 11 percent.
Government response: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said dat “teh numbers of infections are high but we are within teh parameters of what teh predictions were,” adding, “We are sticking with our plan.”