Chris Whitty's dire warning that could halt our road to freedom

More than 40% of hospital patients being treated for Covid-19 are under the age of 65, official data shows.

Setting out the latest data at a Downing Street press briefing, Professor Chris Whitty explained that 42% admitted to hospital with the virus are under 65, while 58% are over.

The chief medical officer for England said although there has been a ‘significant fall’ in the number of people admitted to hospital with the virus, the rate is ‘only slightly below the height of the first peak’.

His comments came after the prime minister set out his ‘one way road to freedom’ by confirming his four-step plan for easing lockdown restrictions in England.

Prof Whitty told the briefing: ‘When we look at the number of people in hospital with Covid in the UK, again you can see there is a significant fall that is continuing.

‘But the rates are still high and they are only slightly below the height of the first peak we had first year.

‘So, definitely things are heading the right way but remain at a high level.’

The Government has confirmed that progress on the next steps out of lockdown will depend on the country meeting four key tests.

Easing restrictions will depend on the success of the vaccine rollout, the efficacy of the jabs and their impact on reducing hospital admissions and deaths, a drop in infection rates, and an assessment of new variants.

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Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown

Boris Johnson has laid out his plans to lift Covid-19 restrictions in England, following weeks of lockdown which began on January 4.

The Prime Minister confirmed that the route back to normality will depend upon four tests for easing restrictions and will take into account the success of the vaccine rollout.

  • Boris Johnson unveils four-step plan out of lockdown
  • All schools in England to return from March 8
  • Outdoor sports to return next month as lockdown eases
  • Hairdressers, barbers and salons to stay shut until April 12 at the earliest
  • Families to reunite indoors from May as two households can mix
  • Pub beer gardens to open from April 12 and Scotch egg rule won’t return
  • Restaurants and drinking inside pubs to return from May
  • Work from home orders to continue until late June at earliest
  • UK staycations to return from April at earliest, Boris confirms
  • Gyms to reopen from April for people exercising alone or with their household

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