Science News Summary: British Scientists Say Further Relaxation Of COVID Rules Will Not Overstretch Healthcare Services

Venezuela’s premier medical and scientific academies on Monday called for renewed efforts to vaccinate the population of the South American nation against the coronavirus amid a surge in infections that has led the government to extend lockdown measures. The pandemic in Venezuela was significantly less severe than expected in 2020 due to widespread gasoline shortages restricting vehicle movement, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Physics, Mathematics and Science said in a joint statement.

British scientists say further easing of COVID rules won’t overwhelm healthcare

The next step in easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in England is unlikely to put unsustainable pressure on the healthcare system, even if it leads to an increase in COVID-19 infections, government scientists said on Monday. However, the scientists said that a resurgence of hospitalizations and deaths at some point is still very likely, although the extent and timing are uncertain.

(With contributions from agencies.)

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