Covid-19 Government Press Conference Summary 18.01.2021

Who was on today’s panel? 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, National Medical Director for the NHS in England Prof Stephen Powis, and Chief Medical Adviser to NHS Test and Trace Dr Susan Hopkins.

Update on Covid-19 infections and deaths

Today has recorded a total of 37,535 positive cases, a total of 37,435 hospital admissions and, a further 599 deaths (within 28 days of a Covid positive test).

Update on vaccination rollout programme

More than 4 million people have received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

General Summary of points raised by the panel

  • The latest Covid outbreak is being brought back under control, but we are reminded not to “blow it”
  • As the rate of those given a vaccine is on the increase, the vaccine supply is running short
  • It will be “some time” until the vaccine programme reduces pressure on hospitals
  • Prof Powis said this outbreak has seen the most hospital admissions in the U.K. with one patient being admitted every 30 seconds
  • Dr Hopkins stated they need to see what happens in the next few weeks before decisions are made about schools re-opening
  • Matt Hancock said we can look forward to a British summer after he announced that “he had booked a family holiday to Cornwall”, but more work needs to be done for these plans to work.

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