Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, fears that if no action is taken, 50,000 people in the country could be infected with Coronavirus a day by mid-October.
“It could kill more than 200 people per day next month,” he said.
According to the BBC, it comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepared to chair a Cobra emergency committee meeting on Tuesday morning. Later he made a statement in the House of Commons.
The Coronavirus cases began to rise again in Britain in July, the government scientist said, especially among young adults.
On Monday, the UK reported 4,368 cases Covid-19 positive, reports the Washington Post. Besides, a total of 3,699 cases were identified in the UK on Sunday and 18 people died.
“The numbers we’re seeing aren’t just estimates,” Vallance told a news conference at 10 Downing Street.
If it continues, the number doubles every seven days, but by mid-October, 50,000 people could be infected every day. The challenge is not to double the number of infections in seven days. And it will need to take appropriate action, he said.
Vallance was accompanied by Prof Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical adviser.
He said that if the Covid-19 infection continues to grow in this way, as Sir Patrick was saying, it will change from a very small number to a very large number very quickly.
About 70,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with the novel Coronavirus. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 6,000 people are being infected every day.