Covid cases ‘will PLUMMET this winter even without Plan B restrictions and could fall to 5,000 daily cases before Xmas'

Asia's Tech News Daily

Covid cases ‘will PLUMMET this winter even without Plan B restrictions and could fall to 5,000 daily cases before Xmas’

COVID cases are set to plummet within weeks even without Plan B restrictions, according to modelling seen by the government, it's reported.

Experts believe coronavirus cases could sink to around 5,000 a day before Christmas, The Telegraph reports.

Covid cases ‘will PLUMMET this winter even without Plan B restrictions and could fall to 5,000 daily cases before Xmas’

Cases are set to plummet in coming weeks, according to unpublished modelling shown to the government, it's reported. Credit: PA

Ministers are said to have held off reimposing measures like compulsory face masks and working from home after seeing modelling showing the virus in retreat.

One model, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, suggests cases will peak shortly then fall off in the winter.

Other unpublished models are also said to show cases nosediving, The Telegraph understands.

The predicted fall would occur without Boris Johnson having to resort to Plan B restrictions.

'DECLINE'

That would see face coverings, work from home orders and vaccine passports brought in.

Professor John Edmunds, a member Sage the sub-group SPI-M, told The Telegraph: “When we were doing the work about two weeks ago, the Health Secretary had made it very clear that the government was not planning to introduce Plan B in the near future.

“Our model was projecting that cases would start to decline some time in the autumn.

“However, the model also suggests that cases may start to climb again in the spring, due to a combination of waning immunity and increased contacts.”

Cases have been surging among under-20s, with almost half of recent infections in this age group,

But the government reportedly believes growth will tail off due to immunity through vaccination and infection.

It's hoped this week's half-term will also help drive down case growth among children.

Covid cases ‘will PLUMMET this winter even without Plan B restrictions and could fall to 5,000 daily cases before Xmas’

Cases hit 50,000 last week as the government comes under pressure to reimpose some restrictions.

Almost another 40,000 cases and 72 deaths were recorded yesterday, with Labour now calling for Plan B to be implemented.

But speaking on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the government had “no plans” to move to Plan B.

He said: “We're monitoring everything, but at the moment the data does not suggest that we should be immediately moving to Plan B.

The data does not suggest that we should be immediately moving to Plan B.

Rishi Sunak

“But of course we will keep an eye on that and the plans are ready.”

Meanwhile, vaccines minister Maggie Throup, insisted Plan A is “working” and the current outlook is “where we need to be”.

In her first broadcast interview, she told LBC: “The data right now shows that Plan A is working.”

Other experts said if the models are correct they back the decision not to bring in restrictions at the moment.

Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine, at the University of East Anglia, said: “There are times when delaying is really valuable.

Christmas should see some of the lowest number of cases of Covid since late May/early June even without further restrictions

Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine, at the University of East Anglia

“But there comes a point when restrictions have no value because you’ve got as much protection as you’re going to get, so you end up putting it off to a point where you lose immunity.

“What the modelling suggests is that even without Plan B, we should expect to see case numbers falling quite rapidly in the next few weeks.

“If correct, Christmas should see some of the lowest number of cases of Covid since late May/early June even without further restrictions.

“If it's right, then this issue about whether we should be locking down is immaterial. We shouldn’t and the Government is doing the right thing.”

NHS CASH BOOST

It comes as Mr Sunak prepares to unveil a a £6 billion cash injection for the NHS to deal with backlogs caused by Covid.

The Chancellor will pledge the funding in Wedneday's Budget, with £2.3 billion earmarked for 100 community diagnostic centres to slash waiting times for CT, MRI and ultrasound scans and other tests.

Another £1.5 billion will be spent on surgical hubs in hospitals to tackle waiting times for elective operations.

Mr Sunak said: “As we bounce back from the pandemic it’s vital we cut waiting lists and ensure those who need help and treatment get it as soon as possible.

“This significant investment will be a major boost for millions of people waiting for checks and treatment as a result of the pandemic ‑ and is expected to help clear most backlogs for diagnostic tests and scans by the end of the parliament.”

SAGE scientist warns of another ‘lockdown Christmas’

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Vicky Kaushal wins hearts as he sends food prepared by his chef for the paparazzi

© Provided by Radio City Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif`s wedding is one grand Bollywood event we are waiting for! The duo has been making multiple public appearances, yet being ... Read more »

Odisha reports 44% increase in new COVID-19 cases: Recoveries inch close to 99%

© Provided by The Statesman Odisha reports 44% increase in new COVID-19 cases: Recoveries inch close to 99% The COVID-19 cases in the coastal State increased substantially by around 44% ... Read more »

Michael Yang's visa can be revoked over alleged non-payment of income taxes — Gordon

© Screen grab/Senate PRIB Senator Richard Gordon at blue ribbon committee hearing, August 31, 2021. Screen grab/Senate PRIB Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday said former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang’s ... Read more »

India: Hindu groups continue to disrupt Muslim prayers in Gurgaon

© Provided by Al Jazeera A Hindu vigilante tries to stop an imam from offering prayers at Sector 37 in Gurugram near New Delhi [Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images] ... Read more »

North Korea's Kim Jong Un calls for 'absolutely loyal' military officers

© Provided by Zee News Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country`s military education system must redouble efforts to turn out officers who “remain absolutely loyal” to ... Read more »

246 clinical samples sent for genome sequencing amid Omicron variant scare in Odisha

© Provided by The Statesman 246 clinical samples sent for genome sequencing amid Omicron variant scare in Odisha The Odisha government has sent 246 samples including those from returnees of ... Read more »

Winterization assistance continues across Afghanistan: UN

© IANS Winterization assistance continues across Afghanistan: UN Kabul, Dec 7 (IANS) The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that the provision of winterization assistance ... Read more »

Dhankhar seeks KMC poll readiness details from SEC

© Provided by The Statesman Dhankhar seeks KMC poll readiness details from SEC West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said that he has asked State  Election Commissioner Saurav Das to meet ... Read more »

Uttar Pradesh shocker! 17 girls of Class X molested by two school officials

© Provided by Zee News In a shocking case, as many as 17 girls of Class X were reportedly sedated and moletsted in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar. The incident reportedly took place ... Read more »

Nagaland firing: Tribal body demands repeal of AFSPA, Assam Rifles to vacate Mon district

Amid outrage over the civilian killing in Nagaland’s Mon district, an influential tribal body has sent a five-point memorandum to the President, seeking action against the defence personnel involved in ... Read more »

Defensive stocks come to the fore as investors go into risk-off mode

MUMBAI – The Indian stock market is undergoing its toughest spell since the once-in-a-decade crash in March 2020. The benchmark indices are currently sitting more than 8 per cent off ... Read more »

Tata Motors gains 2%; company to hike CV prices from Jan 1

NEW DELHI – Shares of Tata Motors rose 2 per cent in early trade on Tuesday as the domestic auto giant said that it would increase prices of commercial vehicles ... Read more »

Explainer-What's next for China Evergrande after missing coupon payments

1 / 2Explainer-What’s next for China Evergrande after missing coupon paymentsFILE PHOTO: The China Evergrande Centre building sign is seen in Hong Kong By Clare Jim HONG KONG (Reuters) – ... Read more »

DAP dakwa SOP PRN Sarawak lebih bendung kempen pembangkang berbanding Covid-19

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Ketua DAP Sarawak dan calon Padungan Chong Chieng Jen diapit penyandang Pending, Violet Yong dan calon Kota Sentosa Michael Kong pada sidang media. (Gambar ... Read more »

High cost of electricity stops British steelmakers going green

High energy costs are making it harder for British steel companies to adopt green technologies, the industry’s lobby group has said. © Provided by The Telegraph Steelmaking plant UK steel ... Read more »

Darum fehlt Sohn Rocco in Madonnas Familienvideo

© Getty Images Ein seltener gemeinsamer Auftritt von Madonna und Rocco Ritchie aus dem Jahr 2013. Madonna nutzte Thanksgiving, um mit ihren Kindern gemütliche Stunden zu verbringen. Auf Instagram gewährte ... Read more »

I'm sorry I killed Hani, I now reject apartheid and have gone back to my Catholic roots, says Janusz Walus

© Provided by Times Live These revelations were listed in papers filed to the Constitutional Court earlier this year when he applied for the apex court to look into his ... Read more »

Chillers Drag SABC For Move Against MacG

Just recently, MacG was put on the spotlight after his episode with Jub Jub on his Podcast and Chill show. It was after Amanda Du Pont released a statement exposing ... Read more »

Boys disappear since start of initiation season

© Provided by SowetanLive Several boys, the youngest only nine years old, have disappeared in the Sedibeng region in what parents believe is a result of coercion into illegal initiations ... Read more »

How a Facebook picture helped Mpumalanga police solve a 20-year-old abduction cold case

© Provided by Times Live Police spokesperson Brig Selvy Mohlala told TimesLIVE on Monday that before coming across the picture, the teenage girl had no idea how, years before she ... Read more »

'Waiting for jail': Rwandan YouTuber defies personal risks

© Lionel BONAVENTURE As media censorship has grown in Rwanda, forcing independent outlets to shut up shop, YouTube has stepped into the vacuum There is nothing glamorous about being a ... Read more »

Milderer Verlauf? Vor allem Kinder betroffen? Das ist der aktuelle Stand bei Omikron

© Jerome Delay/keystone-sda.ch Gautengs Premierminister David Makhura erklärt einer Gruppe Bürgern das neue Impfprogramm Vooma. Omikron wird in immer mehr Ländern der Welt nachgewiesen. Damit steigt die Angst vor der ... Read more »

Brooke Shields Says Barbara Walters' Innuendo-Laced Interview At Age 15 Was ‘Practically Criminal'

Brooke Shields’ early career as an actress and model was mired in controversy over not-unfounded claims that she was over-sexualized as a child, having played a child sex worker in ... Read more »

Here's what's coming to Hayu in December 2021

Everyone knows about Netflix, Crave and Amazon Prime Video, but there are also other video streaming platforms in Canada for fans of niche content. © Provided by MobileSyrup Here’s what’s ... Read more »

Jane Seymour Reunites with ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman' Co-Stars, Says #BringBackDrQuinn

Jane Seymour is revisiting her days as “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”. © Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Shutterstock Jane Seymour Taking to Instagram on Monday, Dec. 6, the actress shared some photos ... Read more »

'Cheugy,' 'omicron' among 2021's most mispronounced words

“Cheugy” is apparently a lot to chew on. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce have something in common — broadcasters butcher their names. © Provided ... Read more »

Bachelorette Michelle Young Goes on Fantasy Suite Dates with Her Top 3 in Sneak Peek as Engagement Nears

The Bachelorette finale is almost here. © abc As Michelle narrows down to her final choice, the guys also meet her parents, LaVonne and Ephraim Young After the Men Tell ... Read more »

Chrishell Stause Of ‘Selling Sunset' Wants Fans To Know She Wasn't Born In A Gas Station

Fans of Netflix reality real estate series “Selling Sunset” may recall that in the first season Chrishell Stause shared an anecdote about how she was given her name. © Photo ... Read more »

8 new Omicron cases detected in Alberta, schools may have been exposed

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from its original version to say the Omicron variant of concern has been identified in at least four provinces, not three. Global News ... Read more »

This COVID vaccine can be inhaled and its being made and tested in Canada

Canadian scientists are set to start testing an inhaled COVID-19 vaccine in humans that targets not only the ever-mutating spike protein the pandemic virus uses to grab onto human cells, ... Read more »

Decision time for Japeth as Japan B.League comes calling

© Provided by SPIN.ph CHICAGO –  It was early last October when Japeth Aguilar, then vacationing in Cebu with his drop dead gorgeous wife, was made aware that a B.League team was ... Read more »

Grizzlies rip Heat to make it five straight wins without Morant

© Provided by SPIN.ph MIAMI — Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane scored 21 points each, and the surging Memphis Grizzlies beat the Miami Heat, 105-90, Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time). ... Read more »

Nick Clegg joins calls for countries to shift towards decriminalising drugs and regulated sale of cannabis

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said there is a “sea change” in public opinion that has shifted towards the decriminalisation of drugs, as a new report calls for countries ... Read more »

Could The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes Have Met World Beyond's Elizabeth Kublek? Here's What Julia Ormond Thinks

© Provided by CinemaBlend Elizabeth in The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Spoilers ahead for the series finale of The Walking Dead: World Beyond, “The Last Light.” Read at your own ... Read more »

Storm Barra: Everything you need to know as it arrives on our shores

© earth IRELAND IS BRACED for the arrival of Storm Barra, which is due to arrive on our shores today. The storm is set to bring high winds and heavy ... Read more »

4 planes failed to land at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport due to extreme weather

File photo of the airport in Bali. Photo: Ngurah Rai International Airport Four planes failed to land at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport over the weekend due to extreme weather, ... Read more »

Four Paws rates best and worst fashion brands for animal welfare

© Provided by Times Live This is according to the 2021 Animal Welfare in Fashion report released by animal welfare  organisation Four Paws which partnered brand rating platform Good On You to ... Read more »

Diepkloof power cut threatens 86-year-old woman's life

© Provided by SowetanLive An 86-year-old woman from Diepkloof Zone 3, Soweto, has to ask residents in nearby Zone 4 to refrigerate her medication amid the two-week power cuts in ... Read more »

Tanya Plibersek to deliver riposte to Alan Tudge's campaign against national curriculum

Photograph: Bianca de Marchi/AAP Shadow education minister says supporters of a free and open society ‘stand and fall by our commitment to truth’ Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek says liberal democracies ... Read more »

Cook Islands panic abates after first ever Covid case proves to be a false alarm

The tiny Pacific country scrambled over the weekend, before tests showed the positive case was historical The Cook Islands has spent recent days in a state of panic. On Friday, ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic