There are signs the UK is in the early stages of a 3rd wave of coronavirus infections, a scientist advising the government has said.
An eminent Indian-origin scientist advising the British government has warned that there are signs that the UK is in the early stages of a third wave of Coronavirus infections and urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay the planned June 21 reopening of the country by a few weeks, according to a media report on Monday.
Professor Gupta said although new cases were “relatively low” the B.1.617 variant of the Covid-19 had fuelled “exponential growth“, the BBC reported.
The UK’s overall COVID-19 caseload and death toll currently stood at 4,499,939 and 128,043, respectively.
Prof Gupta told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the UK was already in a third wave of infections and at least three quarters of cases were the variant identified in India.
He said: “Of course the numbers of cases are relatively low at the moment – all waves start with low numbers of cases that grumble in the background and then become explosive, so the key here is that what we are seeing here is the signs of an early wave.”