THOUSANDS of Brits could be struck down with long Covid every day within the next six weeks, a minister has admitted.
Kwasi Kwarteng said it’s “not beyond the imagination” that 5,000 people will suffer the condition daily as cases rocket to 100,000 by the end of summer.
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Business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said it’s ‘not beyond the imagination’ that 5,000 Brits will be struck down by long Covid each day as cases soar
But he says it’s time for the UK to open up thanks to the success of the jabs roll-outCredit: LNP
But he insisted the UK must go ahead with stage four of Boris Johnson’s roadmap to freedom – and said the Government has faith the jab will protect the public.
He gave an interview on Sky a day after new Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned cases will soar over the summer.
And asked if thousands will be infected with long Covid daily, he replied: “It’s not beyond the imagination, but I think it’s getting ahead of where we are.”
And he said it’s time for the national shutdown to lift as Brits learn how to live with coronavirus.
“We can’t simply lockdown society forever – we have to reopen,” he said.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty yesterday warned of the dangers of long Covid in an address to the Local Government Association.
He said: “Since there’s a lot of Covid at the moment and the rates are going up, I regret to say I think we will get a significant amount more long Covid, particularly in the younger ages where the vaccination rates are currently much lower.
“Fundamentally, the two ways to prevent long Covid in my view are to keep Covid rates right down and make sure everyone is vaccinated so they get very mild disease, and I think we really just need to push hell for leather for those two.
“The deaths from Covid I think are mercifully going to be much lower in this wave compared to the previous ones as a proportion of cases but long Covid remains, I think, a worry.
“We don’t know how big an issue it’s going to be but I think we should assume it’s not going to be trivial.”
The Government hasn’t yet released any projections on long Covid – although scientific adviser Stephen Reicher suggested 40 per cent of all those infected, and 30 per cent of young people with the illness, suffer a prolonged illness.
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