Covid cases peaked in OCTOBER but Brits still face 'long and difficult winter' if they don't get jabbed, top medic warns

Covid cases peaked in OCTOBER but Brits still face 'long and difficult winter' if they don't get jabbed, top medic warns

COVID cases peaked last month but Brits still face a long and difficult winter if they don't get jabbed, a top medic has warned.

Dr Susan Hopkins, the chief medical adviser at the UK Health Security Agency, said 58,000 Covid infections were recorded on October 18 alone – the highest of any daily rise so far.

She said that the UK is now at the flattening of the peak- but the country could still stay at a "very, very high level like this".

In order to prevent further deaths, the health chief urged Brits to get vaccinated and warned people shouldn't hesitate to take up their booster jab.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Dr Hopkins said: "There's over 60% of the population that are being offered boosters [who] are taking it up.

"I think it's slower than we saw in the first round. 

"I think that may be due to people thinking they're already protected, which is why we're giving a lot of public health messages about why it's so important for them to come forward for that third dose."

Over 9million people have taken up their offer to get the booster jab so far, while more than 45million people have two doses of the vaccine.

Yesterday, new daily Covid deaths in the UK dropped for the fourth day in a row, as 155 fatalities were recorded.

Asked who was currently dying from Covid, Dr Hopkins said: "The people who are dying are the same people who have died all the way through.

"It is particularly the older age groups, so the over 70s in particular, but also those who are clinically vulnerable, extremely vulnerable, and have underlying medical conditions."

Yesterday saw 30,693 positive Covid tests confirmed, marking a 25.6 per cent dip on last Saturday.

According to the UK Health Security Agency, the delta variant remains the most dominant Covid strain in Britain.

And the bug's changes are likely to be "smaller and more incremental from here on in".

Last week, Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam warned of a "problematic" Christmas and winter ahead as he warned "deaths are increasing".

He added that we will have to "wait and see" whether the situation improves or whether cases levelling are "a pause before things go up".

Asked today whether this Christmas will be the last time masks will be needed, Dr Hopkins added: "Hopefully this will be the last Christmas where we have to think that way.

"I think we'll know much more when we get to the spring and as time goes on.

"I do think, though, that this is going to be part of our endemic seasonal influenza and other respiratory viruses."


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