News | Published August 08 2020

ONS figures show levelling out of Covid-19 cases

According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics [ONS] Infection Pilot Survey released on Friday, Covid-19 cases in the UK are now levelling out or in decline despite a recent increase.

Last week, ONS swab testing suggested that one in every 1,500 people were infected with the virus, which was an increase on the week before.

The increase in cases prompted prime minister Boris Johnson to put the brakes on easing further restrictions.

However, Friday’s results indicate that cases have dropped to one in every 1,900 for the week commencing July 27 and ending August 2, with an estimated 28,300 infected.

The 28,300 figure is down on the 35,700 recorded from the week before.

An average of 3,700 new cases of the virus in private households across England were estimated for the July 27 to August 2 period, again down on the 4,200 recorded between July 20 and July 26. The figures exclude individuals in hospitals and care homes.

The ONS said that although previous figures suggested that the percentage of people testing positive had risen since the end of June, the latest numbers indicate that this trend is now levelling out.

Katherine Kent, one of the individuals who headed up the survey, explained: "Although we are still reporting an increase in England since the lowest recorded level of infection in late June, this week's estimates suggest this trend may be levelling off when compared with the data we published last week."

ONS statistics also suggest that in the last seven days, 96 per cent of adults who had left their homes had worn a face covering, having climbed from 84 per cent last week and 71 per cent in the week before.

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Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson
Junior Editor
August 08 2020

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