Covid could come roaring back if UK takes eye off ball, expert warns

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People queue to enter a Covid-19 vaccination event at Heaven nightclub in central London  (PA Wire)
People queue to enter a Covid-19 vaccination event at Heaven nightclub in central London (PA Wire)

Coronavirus could come “roaring back” if the UK takes its “eye off the ball” with jabs, an expert has warned.

Dr Chris Smith, consultant virologist and lecturer at Cambridge University, issued a stark warning about the Covid pandemic on BBC Breakfast.

The consultant virologist pinpointed now as a “critical period” in the coronavirus pandemic.

“We all agree that [the pandemic is not over] until it is over in every corner of the world, because otherwise it will just come roaring back,” he said.

“Don’t forget we think that this started with a handful of cases in one city, in one corner of one country... and it then eclipsed the entire world.

“But one must not take one’s eye off the ball here because it would be very easy to unstitch all of the good work we’ve done so far if it turns out with time we do lose immunity because the vaccines wane in their effectiveness.”

The Cambridge University professor said the government should not be “rash” or “rush” a decision on Covid-19 booster jabs.

The UK has had incredible success with its vaccination rollout.

To date, 88,848,633 vaccinations have been administered in the country.

It comes as the UK recorded the highest Covid cases this week at 37,314 and 114 deaths on Friday.

By comparison, 36,572 daily cases and 113 deaths were recorded on Thursday.

It comes as England’s coronavirus reproduction number has risen to between 0.9 and 1.2 in the latest Government figures.

R represents the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person goes onto infect with the virus.

Every 10 people who have coronavirus will infect between 9 and 12 others when the R number is between 0.9 and 1.2.

On Friday, an Israeli scientist delivered a warning to the UK about a possible “deadly” fourth wave of Covid.

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