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UK may see 100,000 Covid cases a day this summer in new record, Sajid Javid says



The UK could see 100,000 Covid cases a day by the summer, new Health Secretary Sajid Javid said today.

It comes after Boris Johnson last night announced the lifting of Covid restrictions will go ahead in two weeks’ time.

This morning Mr Javid, who replaced disgraced Matt Hancock just over a week ago, said that the link between cases and deaths and hospitalisations are being “severely weakened”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “By the time we get to [July] 19 we would expect case numbers by then to be at least double what they are now, so around 50,000 new cases a day.

“As we ease and go into the summer, we expect them to rise significantly and they could go as high as 100,000 case numbers.

“We want to be very straightforward about this in terms of what we can expect from case numbers.

“But what matters more than anything is hospitalisation and death numbers and that is where the link is being severely weakened.”

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