Health Secretary Sajid Javid held a press conference at 10 Downing Street today where he warned the British public that the coronavirus pandemic is "not over".
There was some sobering data suggesting cases and could rise to 100,000 a day, while hospital admissions are now approaching 1,000 per day and that deaths are “still sadly over 100 a day”.
Mr Javid said: “This pandemic is not over. Thanks to the vaccination programme, yes the link between cases and hospitalisations and deaths has significantly weakened, but it’s not broken.”
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The Health Secretary said the Government was looking at introducing tougher rules to fight the pandemic, and that it would implement 'Plan B' if it was needed.
While there has been no suggestion that a lockdown will be imposed, below are 12 important announcements from the Downing Street press conference as the government sets out the winter plan.
New antiviral treatments this winter
Mr Javid announced that new antiviral treatments could be available this winter - either for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 or who have been exposed to someone with the virus.
The government awaits approval from the UK's medicine regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agents, before NHS patients will be able to access them to prevent infection spreading and to push the time it takes to recover.
The new antiviral treatments are set to be given to those considered 'at risk' of Covid-19 and aim to help reduce the severity of symptoms, as well as easing pressure on the NHS over the coming months.
The antivirals are:
The antiviral treatments are used to treat those infected with the virus or to protect exposed individuals from infection.
They are said to target the virus at an early stage, preventing severe symptoms.
Other announcements at the press conference included:
Today, 49,139 tested positive for Covid-19 throughout the UK.
According to Public Health England data released this afternoon, 179 deaths within 28 days of the first positive test were reported today bringing the total number of deaths within 28 days up to 139,031.
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