By Deirdre Tynan • 17 June 2021 • 15:17
Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
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Covid infections have increased by 50 per cent in just one month, figures released today reveal. Health Secretary Matt Hancock urges people to “hold our nerve that little bit longer as our vaccine rollout continues.”
DESPITE the success of the vaccination rollout, Covid-19 infections rose rapidly during late May and early June, coinciding with Delta becoming the dominant variant.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said, “These findings highlight the stark context in which we took the difficult decision to delay step four of the roadmap out of lockdown. Cases are now rising, but thanks to our incredible vaccination programme and enhanced response package including surge testing, we have the tools to curb the spread of this virus.
“We all must hold our nerve that little bit longer as our vaccine rollout continues and I urge everyone to keep observing hands, face, space and fresh air, and make sure you receive both doses of the vaccine for the best possible protection,” he added.
On Monday, the government confirmed a delay to unlocking step four of the roadmap which means all current legal limits on social interactions and restrictions on large events, performances and life events – with the exception of weddings – will stay in place until July 19, although if the data rapidly improves this could be brought forward to July 5, giving the population more time to be protected from Covid-19 through vaccination.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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