COVID-19 cases are soaring in the U.K. from the packed trains on London’s subway to the full stadiums at West End Musicals. However, the attitude of many residents seems to be that they ”can live with it.” Hannah Worrel, 34, while joining a crowd of partiers on Soho’s famed Old Compton Street said “It’s done. COVID is over, for sure,”
The U.K. has lifted the mandatory mask mandates in most places except for areas like the subway that are highly populated. The country also lifted occupancy restrictions for indoor gatherings during the summer allowing crowds to build up at popular hangouts. While these rules and restrictions are being changed the country has experienced daily new cases as high as 41,000.
Currently, hospitalizations in the country are around 7,000 patients which are relatively low when comparing to the number of new infections. Devi Sridhar, the chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh explains “We’re at a very complex point of the epidemic,… There is significant protection and immunity right now, fortunately, built up largely through vaccines, which means we are in a stronger position than last year.”
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