The post-Hancock world in government looks slightly brighter than before with scientific advisers and the new Health Secretary finally changing their approach.
The Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, is now urging Boris Johnson’s cabinet to ease the lockdown measures on 19th July. Whitty’s advice now pushes for the thought that we must learn to live with COVID, even if we see a challenging winter in the next few months.
Whilst it is at least a coincidence in terms of timing of all these changes – with Hancock leaving government and other factors – the official line is that the advisers have now looked at the data and accept that new cases are not resulting in sharp increase in hospitalisations and death.
Yesterday saw 20,479 new cases, with a slight increase in hospital admissions in England. However, they are still averaging only 204 a day. We also saw 23 deaths, which has gone down from 27 compared to last Tuesday.