Does Britain give us cause for hope?

Scientists don’t know what to make of the surprise retreat of Covid in Britain, but some have cautiously suggested it might be the first signs of herd immunity

1st August, 2021
Does Britain give us cause for hope?
Crowds enjoy the reopening of restaurants and bars in Soho, London, after the lifting of restrictions. Can it be the same for Ireland? Picture: Getty

It was the curveball nobody, not even the brow-beaten scientists who have spent the past 18 months tracking the pandemic, saw coming: a surprising drop in daily cases numbers across the UK.

“Nobody sensible expected to be seeing what we’re seeing,” Martin McKee, professor of European Public Health at the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine, said. “We’re in rather a strange position.”

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