Covid infection rates in UK ‘very encouraging’, says Neil Ferguson

Epidemiologist says he feels optimistic country will feel ‘a lot more normal by summer’

Recent data on Covid deaths and rates of infection in the UK are “very encouraging”, and though a third wave of infections was possible in late summer it was unlikely to overwhelm the NHS, the leading epidemiologist Neil Ferguson has said.

Prof Ferguson, of Imperial College London who advises the government, said he was “feeling fairly optimistic that we will be not completely back to normal, but something which feels a lot more normal by the summer”.

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