Boris warns vaccines have NOT reduced coronavirus deaths – fears UK heading for third wave

WHO expert calls on nations to 'work together' to fight coronavirus

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Speaking in Downing Street the Prime Minister said as lockdown restrictions ease there would “inevitably” be an increase in the number of cases. The number of reported daily infections has plummeted from a peak of 68,000 in January to under 4,000 each day so far this month.

Deaths have also dropped from a figure of over 1,000 a day to a daily average of 34 over the past week.

More than 32 million Brits have received a first coronavirus vaccine so far, more than 60 percent of all UK adults.

However, Mr Johnson warned the decrease was due to the strict lockdown measures implemented in January rather than the rapid deployment of the coronavirus vaccines.

“Of course the vaccination programme has helped, but the bulk of the work in reducing the disease has been done by the lockdown,” he said this morning.

“So, as we unlock, the result will inevitably be that we will see more infection, sadly we will see more hospitalisation and deaths.

“People have just got to understand that.”

Mr Johnson has previously warned a third wave of the virus, which is currently engulfing the EU, is likely to spread to Britain.

Despite the fears of the new surge, the Prime Minister insisted that his timetable for the return to normality remained on schedule and “at the moment I can’t see any reason for us to change the road map, to deviate from the targets that we have set ourselves”.

He added: “But it is very, very important that, if we are to get there in the way that we all want, people continue to be cautious and they continue to exercise restraint and just do the basic things to stop the spread of the virus – washing your hands, giving people plenty of space, doing things in fresh air.”

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