UK says COVID cases may reach 100,000 a day as rules relax

“By the time we get to the 19th, we would expect case numbers by then to be at least double what they are now, so around 50,000 new cases a day,” Javid said on the BBC Radio “Today Programme” on Tuesday. “As we ease and go into the summer, we expect them to rise significantly and they could go as high as 100,000 case numbers.”...

Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist from Imperial College London whose modeling was key to the first lockdown, told the BBC that the government was undertaking a “slight gamble” with its reopening strategy. Some 27,334 new daily cases were reported on Monday, according to the latest data. Just 9 deaths were logged.

He explained that “at the peak of the second wave 50,000 cases would translate into something like 500 deaths, but that’s going to be much lower this time, more like 50 or so.”