ONS chief Sir Ian Diamond warned the UK will face another wave of the coronavirus this autumn.
The UK’s national statistician said on the Andrew Marr Show: “I have no doubt that in the autumn there will be a further wave of infections.”
Sir Ian acknowledged there has been “quite remarkable increases in the level of antibodies in the over-80s, and increasingly in the over-70s” thanks to the “incredibly impressive vaccine rollout,” but he insisted that the virus will not just go away.
“I’d finally just say on this that there is a lot of regional variation, so we find 30 percent of London have antibodies whereas only 16 percent in the South West, so we need to recognise that as well,” he added another concerning factor.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has also suggested that based on their latest modelling, at least 30,000 Covid-19 deaths could occur.