Posted on February 2021 By Jamie Southwell
Presenting tonight's Downing Street briefing was the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. Joining him were England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Jonathan Van-Tam and Senior Medical Adviser for Public Health England, Dr. Susan Hopkins.
Key points from the conference:
Matt Hancock begins the conference by discussing the first slide. He states the number is cases is now down to 1 in 145 people however, the number of total hospital admissions right now is "far too high" at 15,485 patients. Provided in the graphs below.
"Good news" says Hancock as he informs us the link between cases, hospitalizations, and deaths is "breaking" because of the vaccination programme.
The United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers have agreed to move down the national alert level from level 5 to level 4. Hancock warns this does not mean the pressure on the NHS has completely disappeared and some areas in the country have seen a "flattened" level of cases with 1 in 5 local authority areas actually seeing a rise in cases in the last week.
19 million people have now received the vaccine, making up 35% of all adults throughout the country.
10 additional large scale vaccination centres are announced, including Towngate Theatre in Basildon.
A "staggering" 94% of adults have either already received the jab or intend to do so reveals the Health Secretary. With even the Queen making an appearance earlier today to encourage everyone eligible to do so.
Hancock shows his appreciation for teams in Coventry and Warwickshire who have delivered the highest amount of vaccinations in the whole country.
Returning to the slides, we are walked through the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation clinical plan which the Government has confirmed to be following. Aims of hitting the completed target for April 15th will allow Phase 2 to begin Hancock reassures us. Provided in the graphs below.
Jonathan Van-Tam is next to speak when continuing with the slides. He says quite a lot of the regions around the Midlands extending to the East are seeing case rates increasing. Provided in the graphs below.
"We are not yet collectively as a country in the right place" for individuals who have received the vaccine to break the rules warns Jonathan. Finishing with the statement "do not wreck this now."
Dr. Hopkins responds to one of the questions about local lockdown returning by saying local action is being taken right now to ensure it is resolved in time for the exit of the national lockdown.
To read the key points from previous government coronavirus conferences click here