- No 10 is told that the more permeable version will not infect anyone who hasn’t been jab
- The development comes as former health secretary Matt Hancock remarks
- Hancock appreciates the fact that more than four out of five over-16s have both doses
Downing Street has been warned by its scientific advisors that the delta variant of the Covid will ‘hunt down’ those who are left without vaccination.
No 10 is told that the more permeable version has ‘such a nature’ that it is ‘almost inevitable’ that it will eventually infect anyone who hasn’t got both jabs.
The development comes as former Health Secretary Matt Hancock today makes his first intervention in the media since resigning from cabinet earlier this year.
Writing in Today’s Mail on Sunday, Mr Hancock lauded the fact that more than four out of five over-16s now have both doses of the vaccine, but sharply criticized anti-vax campaigners.
He writes, ‘Incredibly, there is still a persistent but thankfully small and shrinking group of people determined to try to halt this progress. ‘In all my time in public life, I’ve never met a group that was anti-vax.’
As it was revealed last night that two professional dancers have refused to comment on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, they write: ‘I appreciate those who go ahead to have their fun in a very public way have come. Whether Sir Elton John, David Walliams or Gareth Southgate, many celebrities have stood up to help our national effort … for every hesitation that has been taken from the lies of the anti-Semitism, persuaded by the far more obvious Objective facts published by doctors.’
Health Department officials said yesterday they expect the ratio of more than 16 to 90 percent for at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of the week. It is completely closed at 89.3 percent (48.5 million) at 81.6 percent (44.4 million).
In other developments:
- The number of positive tests fell by 20.4 per cent to 30,144 in the last seven days, hospital admissions dropped by 4.7 per cent to 932. Deaths rose 2 percent week-on-week to 164;
- Holiday bookings rose from pre-pandemic levels after the government lifted travel restrictions, including – as the MoS predicted last weekend – necessitating expensive PCR tests;
- Two city law firms are demanding that employees be fully vaccinated before returning to their London offices;
- NHS said 1.5 million invitations to book a COVID booster jab will be sent via text message or letter this week;
- The Lancet medical journal pressed on its much-critical coverage of the disputed origins of the COVID pandemic by publishing an ‘alternative view’ from 16 scientists, calling for an ‘objective, open and transparent debate’ on whether the virus leaked from a Chinese laboratory Is. ;
- Match of the Day pundit and MoS columnist Danny Murphy revealed he has coronavirus, but said he was ‘grateful’ for being fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, it emerged that personal finance guru and prominent anti-vaxxer Alan Steele had died of the virus;
- Thousands of anti-vaxxers marched on Downing Street, while police in the Australian city of Melbourne – which was locked down for 228 days – were forced to use pepper spray when anti-lockdown rioters took to the streets had spoken;
- India distributed 2.5 crore doses of the vaccine in a span of 24 hours on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday.
A government source speaking of the delta – or Indian – type of risk, said: ‘The nature of this virus is such that if it continues to evolve and adapt in this way, it is almost inevitable that someone who hasn’t If Jobs eventually got infected.’
Despite objections from some scientists, vaccination for children aged 12 to 15 is set to start from Wednesday.
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the government’s Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization, said scientists do not have the ‘luxury’ of time to research potential risks.