Shabi Ahmad, a consultant surgeon in urology at Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich, has warned it is inevitable the UK will see second, third and even a fourth spike in COVID-19 cases. The NHS frontline worker, who tragically lost a close relation who was a fellow doctor, to the virus, insisted coronavirus will not go away and will keep mutating in different ways.
The alarming warning comes as Boris Johnson took his biggest gamble of the crisis by opening pubs, restaurants and hairdressers on Saturday.
Disturbing scenes were shared across the country and particularly in London of mass gatherings and a distinct lack of social distancing outside venues.
Dr Ahmad said: “There will be a second wave, and a third wave and a fourth.
“This isn’t something that is going to go away.
Britain could face up to four waves of coronavirus infections, a NHS doctor has warned
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“We just hope that this does not translate into serious conditions and include hospital admissions, intensive care admissions like we had in March.
“The virus is going to keep rotating through various ways and means, we just need to learn to protect ourselves.”
In the UK more than 44,000 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19 – the fifth highest in the world.
A former Government chief scientific adviser has today said a further 27,000 excess deaths are likely between now and April 2021.
Thousands of Londoners headed to Soho for a drink on Saturday
current level of about 3,000 new infections per day across England.
Speaking on Sky News, he said: “What we are saying is 27,000 excess deaths are likely between now and next April if the expectation by the chief medical officer is that he would be surprised and delighted if the UK is in the same place next spring.
“If he’s correct we would still have about 2,000 to 3,000 new infections in England per day and that is the number of deaths that would follow from that.”
The Government has also announced a further easing of the lockdown.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said selected international sporting events, major movie and television productions will now get the green light following the new travel plans.
Boris Johnson opened pubs in England on Saturday
The easing of rules will see some sports stars and their support teams, as well as international film and TV stars, directors and producers, exempt from quarantine, if they are essential to the event or production.
Mr Dowden said: “I’m very pleased that we’ve agreed exemptions from border health measures for a limited number of athletes and events staff, which means the British summer of sport is back on.
“I am grateful to the sports governing bodies who have worked closely with us to put in place stringent protocols to ensure these events can go ahead safely.
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Coronavirus cases around the UK
“It will mean that fans of the British Grand Prix, international cricket and Champions League football can look forward to yet more sporting action on home soil – a further boost to our national recovery.”
The Department for Health has confirmed a further 22 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in all settings as of 5pm on Saturday.
The total number of fatalities now stands at 44,220.