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4th May 2021, 16:59

COVID data in UK 'very encouraging', while cases in India pass 20 million

Recent data on COVID deaths and infections in the UK are "very encouraging", according to adviser to the UK Government, Professor Neil Ferguson.

The Guardian quotes him as saying that his team has reduced its estimates of the scale of a potential third wave in the autumn, adding although cases are currently plateauing and may edge up again, deaths and hospitalisations are going down. He said this put the UK in a good position to keep to the government roadmap for the relaxation of restrictions.

However, Professor Ferguson said the risk that vaccines could be less effective against variants remains the major concern, stating that it's "essential" to roll out booster doses once the adult population is vaccinated.

While the situation is looking up in the UK, India has now passed 20 million cases, illustrating the stark disparity between how the pandemic is unfolding in different countries. Hospitals are being overwhelmed, with insufficient oxygen supplies and healthcare facilities; crematoriums are also unable to keep up with the rising death tolls, estimated to be several times higher than official data shows.

Vice-President of the Hindu Community in Gibraltar, Sunil Chandiramani, recently told GBC the COVID situation in Gibraltar is "very distressing", highlighting that many on the Rock have family there.