Boris Johnson announces he is self-isolating
The current wave of coronavirus infections could see up to 200,000 new cases a day, Imperial College London epidemiologist Neil Ferguson has warned.
Prof Ferguson told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show that it was “almost inevitable” that daily infection rates would hit a record 100,000 within a week, and that cases could spike at more than double that figure.
His frightening announcement comes just hours ahead of England’s “freedom day”, where all remaining coronavirus restrictions are set to be lifted on Monday.
All adults in the UK have been offered a Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the planned lifting of coronavirus restrictions on Monday, the government says.
The latest figures show that 46.2 million adults (87.8 per cent of the population) have had a first dose of a vaccine, and 35.7 million (67.8 per cent) are fully vaccinated.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the vaccination target had been met, and called it an “extraordinary achievement”.
UK Covid figures
As of 9am on Sunday, a further 48,161 Covid cases were recorded by the government.
While lower than Friday and Saturday’s figures which were higher than 50,000, it is not far from the highest number of daily cases ever recorded, which stands at 68,053, reported on 8 January.
In addition, there were also 25 new deaths of people within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus.
This new data brings the total of people confirmed to have…