Covid-19: UK wants to show the way to end the pandemic

Across the Channel, for the past few days, contamination has begun to drop, dropping from 200,000 cases per day to 109,000 on Wednesday.

Correspondent in London

The ‘Partygate’ scandal, the parties held in Downing Street during lockdowns, stole the headlines from news that would have made Boris Johnson’s honey in other circumstances: On Tuesday, a leading British scientist claimed that the country would be one of the very first countries in the world to emerge from the pandemic, if it wasn’t already. According to Professor David Heymann, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the very high levels of immunity in Britain (95% of the population) now seem “keep the virus at bay”. Whoever chaired Public Health England predicts the coronavirus will soon settle into normal spread patterns seen with other infections.

The signs are there. In recent days, contamination has begun to decline, dropping from 200,000 cases per day to 109,000 on Wednesday. Crucially, hospital admissions have stopped rising across much of England, except in the…

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