Prime Minister Boris Johnson says England is “tantalisingly close” to lifting remaining COVID restrictions, despite a surge in daily infections.
The UK recorded 31,772 daily infections today with the rate of infection at its highest since January:
The reason why the UK can lift remaining restrictions is because of the nation’s high vaccination rate. Over two-thirds of UK residents have received at least one vaccine dose:
Because of this high vaccination rate, COVID-related hospital admissions in the UK remain low:
As are ICU admissions:
Whereas very few people in the UK are now dying of COVID:
Thanks to its high vaccination rate, the UK is fast approaching the situation whereby the number of COVID infections active in the community no longer matters. The key metrics going forward will be hospitalisations and deaths.
Hopefully by the end of this year Australia will have caught up.