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Glimmer of hope as new testing data suggests UK’s latest Covid-19 wave may have peaked

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A glimmer of hope has emerged in new data suggesting Britain’s latest Covid wave may have peaked.

Thursday noticed 39,906 new optimistic assessments recorded – the primary time circumstances had been decrease than they had been on the identical day within the earlier week since May.

On the identical day final week there have been 48,553 new circumstances – which was the best each day rise in six months.

The fall might be a minimum of partially defined by the beginning of the varsity holidays which means fewer persons are getting examined.

Schoolchildren and employees are inspired to take routine lateral movement assessments at residence.

Prof Paul Hunter, professional on the University of East Anglia, mentioned: “This represents an 18 per cent drop.

Thursday noticed 39,906 new optimistic assessments recorded –
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“Also the week on week percentage increase in cases has fallen from a peak of 43 per cent last Sunday to just 24 per cent today.

“But it is still too early to see any impact of the relaxations of Monday 19 and some of the reduction in cases will be because of many children no longer being tested as regularly now schools are closed.

“I would caution that this may just be a temporary slowing in reports before we start to see a return to exponential growth towards the end of next week as a result of the ending of restrictions last week.

“We will start to have some idea towards the end of next week, but it won’t be until the August 9 before we know for certain.

“But there are some positive signs.”

Covid-19 vaccine doses in the UK

Covid-19 vaccine doses within the UK
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The graph shows the number of adults in England who have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine

The graph exhibits the quantity of adults in England who have obtained each doses of Covid-19 vaccine
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Even if circumstances have hit a plateau, hospitals and deaths are nonetheless anticipated to rise for 2 to a few weeks.

Daily UK deaths inside 28 days of a optimistic take a look at had been 84 on Wednesday, up from 49 every week earlier.

It got here on the day separate data from King’s College London’s ZOE Covid symptom tracker app estimated that the UK R worth is 1.1.

Prof Tim Spector OBE, lead scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app, mentioned: “Unfortunately, hopes that the present wave of infections had peaked have light, as ZOE’s up to date data exhibits new Covid circumstances persevering with to rise as the UK lifts most restrictions.

While Covid is much less extreme within the younger and vaccinated inhabitants, it’s not positively not going away anytime quickly.

“We mustn’t forget the lessons of the pandemic in our rush to return to ‘normal life’, as this will only prolong Covid’s grip on our lives.”

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