Covid: England could see big wave of hospitalisations, warn advisers
There could be a large jump in the number of Covid hospital admissions in England if restrictions are not tightened, government scientists say.
The Sage committee said its modelling suggested hospitalisations could reach 2,000 to 7,000 per day next month – currently there are just over 750.
But they added a “relatively light set of measures” could curb infections.
PM Boris Johnson has said he hopes increasing vaccinations means fresh restrictions can be avoided.
As he announced his winter plan for tackling Covid in England on Tuesday, the prime minister said some measures would be kept in reserve as part of the government’s Plan B if the NHS faced unsustainable pressure.
These include vaccine passports, mandatory face masks and advice to work from home.