Chief medical officer: Rise in UK coronavirus cases a great concern

Rise in UK coronavirus cases a great concern
Prof Jonathan Van Tam says people need to "start taking this very seriously again".
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Daily US Times: England’s deputy chief medical officer has warned that the latest “big change” in coronavirus infections across the UK is of “great concern”. The UK has seen a rise in coronavirus cases in recent days.

People have “relaxed too much” over the summer and “we have got to start taking this very seriously again”, Prof Jonathan Van Tam said.

He warned: ”If not, the UK will have “a bumpy ride over the next few months”.

He said that infections among younger people in EU countries had later filtered through to older people.

Spain and France are among a number of European countries that have seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, after testing for the disease was ramped up and lockdown restrictions were eased.

Spain became the first country in western Europe to record 500,000 infections on Monday, after tallying more than 26,000 new infections over the weekend.

Prof Van Tam’s warnings came as more parts of the UK are to face tougher restrictions following a rise in the number of coronavirus cases.

UK authorities announced 2,988 new cases on Sunday – the highest figure since 22 May, while a further 2,948 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 09:00 BST on Monday.

Tougher rules on home visits will be extended to two more areas in the west of Scotland from midnight.

Prof Van Tam said: “People have relaxed too much, now is the time for us to re-engage, and to realise that this a continuing threat to us.”

The rise in cases over the past two days seems like quite a large jump, but it is still well short of where we were in the spring.

Testing was only largely taking place in hospitals so virtually none of the infections in the community were being picked up.

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