London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that people should not get carried away by six days of better COVID-19 infection data.
The number of new daily COVID-19 cases has fallen each day for the last six days, though Johnson stressed the pandemic is not over.
“I’ve noticed obviously that we’re six days into some better figures, but it is very, very important that we don’t allow ourselves to run away with premature conclusions about this,” Johnson told broadcasters, noting it would take a while for the lifting of restrictions in England to feed through to the data.
“People have got to remain very cautious and that remains the approach of the government.”
Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson said the end of Britain’s pandemic could be just months away as vaccines have so dramatically reduced the risk of hospitalization and death.
Johnson lifted COVID-19 restrictions in England on July 19. Britain has one of the highest official death tolls from COVID-19 in the world, with 129,460 deaths, but vaccinations and lockdown measures have greatly slowed the rate of deaths since March.