Written by the MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Kent

The latest information on the spread of the coronavirus in the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe is the best indication to date of the potency of the vaccine.

In recent weeks, there has been a marked increase in the spread of the virus, which has returned to levels last seen in March.

This is of course well below the peak infection rates we saw at the start of the year.

However, there have been no deaths from Covid-19 in Folkestone and Hythe since April, and according to the latest data, there is currently no one being treated on a ventilator in hospital following infection with the virus, and overall hospitalization rates are at their lowest since the start of the pandemic.

In addition, the spread of the virus in recent weeks has mainly affected people in their 20s who had not yet been vaccinated.

Thanks to the vaccination program, people were protected against this new variant of the virus, and those who were infected did not need extensive medical attention.

The task now is to complete the vaccination of the adult population, and the government has set a target that by July 19, all people over the age of 18 have been offered and received their first dose of the vaccine. , and that two-thirds of all adults have had both jabs.

This is our best guarantee against other new variants of the spread of the coronavirus.

The high level of vaccination of the population will also make it much easier to remove the remaining social contact restrictions, knowing that we have reached a point where we can live without fear that the virus will cause significant levels of infection, and those who do. still do get it are very unlikely to require hospital treatment.

This week, I spoke in the House of Commons about the work of the Government Events Research Program, which has reopened some major events in the presence of spectators.

This has allowed fans to return to Wembley for Euro 2021 matches, and the Open Golf Championship at Royal St George’s in Sandwich next month will also take place with the full number of spectators allowed on the course.

This is not only good news for the venues and organizations that host these events, but also for the large number of hotels and hospitality businesses that are doing well when they do.

The events research program has enabled the government to track the spread of the coronavirus among people who have recently witnessed such events, and while we await the full report, so far the results that have been commented on have was very encouraging.

At the end of last month, of the 58,000 people who had then attended the events of the program, only 15 people had contracted Covid-19.

It will be vital for the industry’s recovery that people have confidence that they can organize events safely and that they are unlikely to be forced to introduce further restrictions.

We also need to consider how we can support the event industry for the future by making insurance affordable against any possible future impact from a recurrence of the pandemic.

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