The latest “major change” in coronavirus infections in the UK is a “major concern”, the England Deputy Chief Medical Officer has warned.
Prof Jonathan Van Tam said that people have “taken a lot of rest” over the summer and “we have to start taking it seriously again”.
If not, the UK will have “a bumpy ride in the next few months”, he warned.
He said that the transition among young people in EU countries was later filtered through larger age groups.
As his remarks, more parts of the UK are facing tougher sanctions after an increase in the number of cases.
On Sunday, UK officials announced 2,988 new cases – the highest figure since May 22, while another 2,948 cases were reported on Monday at 09:00 BST in 24 hours.
By midnight the rules for home visits will be extended to two more areas in the west of Scotland.
In Wales, the County Borough of Carofili is to be placed under local lockdown from 18:00 BST on Tuesday.
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“Van Wan said,” People have relaxed a lot, now is the time for us to reconnect and realize that this is a continuing threat to us.
He said hospital admissions and deaths were “at a very low level” in Britain and that the increase in cases was most prominent among people aged 17 to 21 – but countries are under threat following the trajectory of some EU countries.
“Where case numbers initially begin in small segments of the population, they filter in turn and start giving higher rates of illness and hospital admissions in old age, and we know then a serious public health problem. Is made, “said.
“The fact that 17- to 21-year-old children are not getting sick means they are lucky, but they also forget that because the disease is not severe enough for them that they are powerful spreaders.”
Pro Van Tam said the trend had moved away from “specific hotspots”, such as those in Leicester last month.
Instead, “there is a more common and creeping geographic trend across the UK that disease levels are now beginning to rise”.
He urged public health officials and politicians to think about how the virus is not managed in the short term, but for the next six months and “until spring”.
The increase in cases we have seen in the last two days seems like a big jump.
But it is still well short of where we were in the spring.
Official figures show that we hit 6,000 cases a day, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.
The tests were only taking place in large-scale hospitals, so no infection was actually being picked up in the community.
It is estimated that there were about 100,000 cases a day at the peak.
So the fact that we have now reached close to 3,000 a day when mass testing is available (albeit obviously not raising every case) means that we are a long way from where we were. Huh.
But there is alarm within the government.
While the majority of cases occur in a younger age group, the more difficult they become, it keeps the virus away from more vulnerable people.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, after announcing a change in England’s quarantine policy, adopted a method that allowed the islands to behave differently from the country’s mainland.
He said that passengers arriving from seven Greek islands to England would have to self-segregate for 14 days from 04:00 BST on Wednesday.
They are Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos (also known as Zante).