News | Published June 07 2020

ONS: Covid-19 cases down to 5,600 per day

The number of individuals with coronavirus within homes in England has dropped to 5,600 per day, the Office for National Statistics [ONS] estimates.

This is based on a swab test study conducted on 19,000 individuals, comprising of both adults and children, from 9,000 different households.

It is a significant fall in the number of infected within households, having dropped from a daily increase of 8,000 last week.

The study suggests that the weekly total of new Covid-19 cases is 39,000.

It also estimates that one in every 1,000 people had Covid-19 in the community between May 17 and May 30, excluding those in hospital or care homes, which is a significant shift on the previous week’s estimate of one in 400 people having the virus during that period.

Following last week’s estimates, some scientists had felt that the government was easing lockdown restrictions prematurely. However, the new figures will give plenty of encouragement to prime minister Boris Johnson and his top team, with an NHS contact tracing app due to be integrated into its track and trace system before the end of June.

The ONS said that according to its most recent study, the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in England has decreased.

The numbers indicate that 29 per cent of those who tested positive suffered symptoms when they took their test, and that people not working from home were more likely to test positive.

Frontline workers such as health personnel and social care staff were judged to be at the highest risk of contracting the disease.

Meanwhile, a new antibody test, which can determine if somebody has previously had the virus, was carried out on 885 people from different households. Roughly seven per cent were judged to have previously contracted Covid-19.

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Authored by

Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson
Junior Editor
June 07 2020

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