Third wave of Covid in autumn is inevitable, says ONS chief Sir Ian Diamond – The Times

The national statistician has warned of a further wave of Covid-19 infections in autumn despite strong early evidence of vaccine protection.

Sir Ian Diamond, head of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said that although the case rate was the lowest since September it was still much higher than last summer when the first lockdown was lifted.

The latest ONS survey found that the infection rate in England was 0.37 per cent, equal to about 6,000 cases a day, compared with 0.04 per cent last summer when it was deemed safe enough to lift the first lockdown.

Diamond agreed with Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, that a new wave in autumn was “inevitable”. Whitty warned earlier that there were still risks to