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Covid will be 'difficult until Easter at least' despite signs cases are 'plateauing'

England will have a “difficult time at least until Easter” with coronavirus, a public health chief has warned. Susan Hopkins of Public Health England (PHE) urged people to “keep going” with lockdown rules despite a vaccine rollout ramping up.

AstraZeneca hopes to deliver 2million doses a week of its jab alone to the UK by mid-February, on top of the Pfizer jab. Government sources claim the rollout could reach 400,000 per day in order to meet a target of inoculating the most vulnerable by February 15.

Meanwhile, SAGE advisor Prof Neil Ferguson today said there is a "sign of plateauing" in cases and hospital admissions after England’s lockdown.

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