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Brits warned to 'prepare for a hard winter' amid Covid variant and flu concerns

Britain will have to “prepare for a hard winter”, a medical chief warned today amid fears flu and new strains of coronavirus could surge at the same time.

Dr Susan Hopkins said mutant strains of Covid-19 from abroad could pose a risk - despite hopes all UK adults will get their first dose of a vaccine as soon as June.

At the same time, she said there is a risk people will be less immune than usual to flu next winter because it has had less chance to spread in lockdown.

Dr Hopkins, Public Health England’s response director for Covid-19, stressed she was looking at a “worst-case scenario” but the nation must be more ready than it was last Autumn.

“We will need to be ready for an Autumn that could be challenging as these variants are there,”

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