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Health Secretary Matt Hancock holds a Downing Street press conference alongside Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS in England, and Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to NHS Test and Trace.

Here are some of the key points from the briefing.

The coronavirus outbreak is being brought under control, Hancock said, but he urged the public: “Don’t blow it now. We are on the route out.”
More than four million people have now been vaccinated against coronavirus
Hancock says weekly averages for vaccines are “going up, and up fast”
He says vaccine supply is the “rate-limiting factor”, adding that in the NHS, people were saying: “Give us more supply and we will jab it into more arms.”
It will be “some time” before the Covid-19 vaccination programme begins to reduce pressures on hospitals however, NHS England’s national medical director Prof Stephen Powis says
There are now more people in hospital than at any time during the pandemic, with a new patient being admitted every 30 seconds
Prof Powis says there is increasing pressure on the NHS, with 15,000 admitted since Christmas Eve
It’s not yet known when schools will reopen, with Dr Susan Hopkins of NHS Test and Trace, saying it would depend on what happens in the coming weeks
Asked if people can plan their holidays yet, Hancock says he will go to Cornwall for a summer break and spoke of the promise of a “great British summer” – but admitted “we have got a lot of work to do by then”

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock holds a Downing Street press conference alongside Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS in England, and Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to NHS Test and Trace.


Here are some of the key points from the briefing.

The coronavirus outbreak is being brought under control, Hancock said, but he urged the public: "Don't blow it now. We are on the route out."
More than four million people have now been vaccinated against coronavirus
Hancock says weekly averages for vaccines are "going up, and up fast"
He says vaccine supply is the "rate-limiting factor", adding that in the NHS, people were saying: "Give us more supply and we will jab it into more arms."
It will be "some time" before the Covid-19 vaccination programme begins to reduce pressures on hospitals however, NHS England's national medical director Prof Stephen Powis says
There are now more people in hospital than at any time during the pandemic, with a new patient being admitted every 30 seconds
Prof Powis says there is increasing pressure on the NHS, with 15,000 admitted since Christmas Eve
It's not yet known when schools will reopen, with Dr Susan Hopkins of NHS Test and Trace, saying it would depend on what happens in the coming weeks
Asked if people can plan their holidays yet, Hancock says he will go to Cornwall for a summer break and spoke of the promise of a "great British summer" - but admitted "we have got a lot of work to do by then"

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