Fri 16 April 2021:
The number of Covid-19 infections in England fell by a third in the week ending April 10 to levels not seen since September last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Friday.
The latest level equates to one in 480 people. It is the lowest figure since the week to September 19, 2020, when the estimate stood at one in 500.
UK Health Minister Matt Hancock also hailed the ONS data, claiming that it shows that the government’s strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic is working.
“I’m hugely grateful to the British public for sticking by the rules to suppress COVID-19 as we roll-out the vaccine. Through our mammoth national effort, we’re protecting our country from this virus,” Hancock tweeted.
The numbers, recorded before pubs and restaurants opened for outdoor service.
COVID-19 THIRD WAVE YET
TURKEY RALLIES MUSLIM NATIONS
OVER ISRAEL-HAMAS CONFLICT
SAUDI TARGETS WITH BALLISTIC
MISSILES AND DRONES
RISES BY 362,727 OVER PAST 24 HOURS
HALT ISRAEL FLIGHTS AS CRISIS
WITH PALESTINE MOUNTS
LARGEST IFTAR GATHERING
TO FORM NEW GOVERNMENT
AS DEADLINE NEARS
FEATURE DIFFERENT LOOKS
OF PRINCE PHILIP
CAN GREATLY INCREASE
SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL
FOR AGGRESSION AGAINST
VIOLENCE HOTLINES HAVE
INCREASE 20% MORE
According to the latest data released by the government body, in England alone, an estimated 112,600 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the week ending April 10, equating to around one in 480 people.
In the other three nations that make up the UK the levels of infections also dropped during the same week, with Wales showing one in 920 people infected with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, while in Scotland and Northern Ireland the rates were one in 500 people and one in 710 people, respectively.
“It is encouraging that across the UK we have seen a decrease in the percentage of people testing positive in the latest time period, with rates now similar to what we saw in early September last year,” an ONS spokesperson said.
The latest ONS data comes amidst concern that the presence of several virus variants of concern, including the ones first detected in India and South Africa, in at least three areas of London, alongside the easing of the coronavirus lockdown would lead to another spike in the number of cases and deaths.
Almost 4.4 million people have tested positive to COVID-19 in the UK, where 127,121 have died of the disease since the pandemic struck last year.
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