Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns that Britain must brace for a 'third wave' of Covid infections
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted that he expects the UK to experience a third wave of coronavirus infections.
Boris Johnson has warned that the United Kingdom must brace for another wave of Covid-19 infections being imported from Europe as cases continue to rise on the continent.
The Prime Minister’s comments come after several regions in France, including Paris, have spent their first weekend under a limited month-long lockdown.
Speaking on Monday, March 22, the PM stated that the UK will continue to progress the vaccination programme as quickly as possible.
Mr Johnson said: “I’ve talked to our (European) friends repeatedly over the period – we’re all facing the same pandemic, we all have the same problems.
“If there is one thing that is worth stressing it’s that on the continent right now you can see sadly there is a third wave under way.
“People in this country should be under no illusions that previous experience has taught us that when a wave hits our friends, it washes up on our shores as well.
“I expect that we will feel those effects in due course.
“That’s why we’re getting on with our vaccination programme as fast as we can but a vaccination campaign and developing vaccines, rolling them out – these are international projects and they require international co-operation.”
Despite the expectation of a third wave, lockdown restrictions in England still look set to ease further on Monday, March 29.
From next week, members of the public will be able to meet in groups of six outdoors and the “stay at home” rule will come to an end.