Sajid Javid Revokes His Previous Prediction As Covid Cases Soar

The health secretary who seemed optimistic about summer, predicting 100,000 daily Covid infections has failed to maintain his prediction.

'No one really knows' what level coronavirus cases will reach, says Health Secretary Sajid Javid
Health Secretary Sajid Javid/Picture credit: Evening Standard

The health secretary who seemed optimistic about summer, predicting 100,000 daily Covid infections has failed to maintain his prediction.

There has been an upsurge in the number of cases for the first time in a week. Sajid Javid warned that “no-one really knows” what could happen next with the number of infections. On 17 July, government figures reported the highest number of daily infections during the UK’s third wave of cases, more than 54,000 Covid infections.

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Mr. Javid has stressed the need to be cautious despite the lifting of restrictions and encourages people across the UK not to be “too optimistic”.

“The truth is, when it comes to case numbers no-one really knows where they are going to go next,” the health secretary said in a statement at a vaccination center in London’s Little Venice.

“I hope that the falls that we’re seeing now are sustained. That’s of course what I want to see.

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“But we’ve already seen with the Delta variant, a new variant that emerged over the last year, that’s more infectious than the previous one, that things can change. And so, I think it’s important to remain cautious, not get too optimistic.”

The upsurge in the number of Covid cases is prompting concerns that transport networks and businesses could bog down as huge numbers of staff are forced into quarantine by the pingdemic.

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