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NHS Confederation - Decline in COVID deaths reassuring but we must not rush to finish line

Dr Layla McCay, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, commented on the latest mortality figures published by the ONS 

"The fall in the number of deaths from COVID-19 is reassuring – but the race is not yet won, and it is imperative these figures do not change direction. The evidence shows rising infections associated with COVID-19 variants, which is particularly concerning as some people have not yet had their first or second vaccinations. Given predictions of a summer wave of infections, the government must now use all available data to consider carefully whether 21 June is the right date for lifting all restrictions.

"It is of real concern that cases are climbing quickly, and our members are increasingly worried that this will lead to more hospital admissions. The more people with COVID-19, the more impact there will be on recovering other services – including the huge backlog of elective treatment.

"If this roadmap is truly to lead us to recovery, the government must consider all options, including slowing the pace of lifting the last elements of lockdown. We have come a long way, thanks to public adherence to restrictions and to the vaccination programme, but slow and steady will win this race – rushing to the finish line could backfire."

Original article link: https://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2021/06/decline-in-covid-deaths-reassuring-but-we-must-not-rush-to-finish-line

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