As England took its first step on Monday towards lifting a nationwide lockdown, one piece of stories appeared to seize the temper of optimism: simply earlier than the laws have been eased, there had been a day with no recorded Covid deaths in London.
The determine for Saturday proved to be not fairly the hoped-for zero (one other metric recorded two deaths that day and a single demise on Sunday), however that did little to dampen the sense that the nation was turning a nook.
Helped by clear spring skies within the capital on Tuesday, there have been indicators that the town was edging again to life after a protracted hibernation. Shops raised shutters and laid out items in home windows. Eating places set out chairs. Visitors alongside the Thames was selecting up, with the ferries beginning to carry passengers.
And in parks throughout the town, individuals gathered to bat round a ball, socialize with associates or just bask within the solar.
Nonetheless, the anticipation that the worst of the pandemic could possibly be over was tempered by warnings from officers that, with many European nations within the grip of a recent wave of circumstances, the lull in Britain could possibly be short-lived.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated, “What we don’t know is precisely how sturdy our fortifications are.”
“Traditionally, there’s been a time lag,” he added, “after which we’ve had a wave ourselves.”
Vaccinations have helped create a wall towards new infections, and that safety would strengthen with the second dose, in keeping with England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, on Monday.
However, he added, it was a “leaky wall.”