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What impact could rising cases have on the ending of Covid restrictions? – BBC Newsnight

As some scientists warn the UK is the early stages of a third wave, what impact could rising cases have on the ending of Covid restrictions? 
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The success of the UK’s vaccination programme does not mean that the battle with Covid is over, a scientist advising the government has said.

Prof Adam Finn said the country remained vulnerable as there were still large numbers of unvaccinated people.

There have been calls to delay ending Covid restrictions in England on 21 June amid warnings of a third wave.

Downing Street reiterated that the PM had seen nothing in the data to suggest the plan would need to be postponed.

A No 10 spokesman added: “We will continue to look at the data, we will continue to look at the latest scientific evidence as we move through June.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Scotland’s next stage of lockdown easing would be paused for much of its central belt, with places including Edinburgh, Dundee and Stirling staying in level two.

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