The government’s chief scientific adviser was forced to correct himself after wrongly saying 60% of people admitted to hospital with Covid were double-jabbed.
Sir Patrick Vallance made the mistake during a Downing Street press conference last night, but later admitted the patients were actually unvaccinated.
He tweeted: ‘Correcting a statistic I gave at the press conference today, 19 July.
‘About 60% of hospitalisations from Covid are not from double-vaccinated people, rather 60% of hospitalisations from Covid are currently from unvaccinated people.’
Speaking alongside Boris Johnson, who appeared remotely while in quarantine at Chequers, the adviser warned hospitalisations could rise to more than 1,000 a day.
‘But the rates should be lower than they have been previously because of the protective effects of vaccination,’ he said.
Sir Patrick said vaccines are still ‘very’ effective but they are ‘not 100%’.
He added: ‘As a higher proportion of the population is double-vaccinated, it’s inevitable that those 10% of that very large number remain at risk, and therefore will be amongst the people who both catch the infection and end up in hospital.’
There are now 3,813 Covid patients in hospitals in England – the highest number since the end of March.
It comes as almost all remaining measures in England were lifted yesterday after more than a year-and-a-half of restrictions.
Nightclubs reopened for the first time since the pandemic hit, the indoor rule of six was scrapped, and many workers returned to their offices.
Face masks are no longer compulsory in shops and on public transport, although many businesses and transport firms have asked people to continue wearing them.
While Brits enjoy their new freedoms, Covid scientists advising the Government are warning cases could hit 200,000 a day.
Professor Neil Ferguson said modelling indicated 100,000 daily infections is ‘inevitable’, but he said the ‘real question’ is whether this number doubles, or gets even higher.
The Prime Minister reiterated it was still the right time to lift lockdown as the number of people who have been vaccinated has brought deaths down, compared to previous waves.
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