How England’s second Covid wave is in retreat: ONS data shows daily cases HALVED during lockdown in November with just 25,700 people catching the virus every day by the end of the month
- Daily infections for November 14 were estimated to be 38,900, which was down on a peak the previous week
- No estimate was published last week because of a lab processing error in Milton Keynes, the ONS said
- The total number of people infected with coronavirus has fallen from 665,000 on November 14 to 521,300
A weekly Office for National Statistics report estimated that a total of 521,300 people were carrying the virus in England on November 28, down from 665,000 just two weeks earlier.
The data proves the country’s second wave is in retreat and that lockdown worked. The national measures were lifted on Wednesday this week as the nation returned to its three-tier local system.
Separate estimates produced by the Covid Symptom Study suggest there are now just 15,845 people developing symptoms of coronavirus each day in England, down from a peak of 44,000 at the end of October.
That study, run by health-tech company ZOE and King’s College London researchers, predicts that the R rate is at 0.8 across the UK and that the most daily cases are appearing in London, with 3,379 per day in the two weeks up to last Sunday, November 29.
It creates estimates using the self-reported test results and symptoms from a million users of the Covid Symptom Tracker app. The team suggest there are about 40,000 people in the UK right now with symptomatic Covid-19.
King’s College epidemiologist and leader of the project, Professor Tim Spector, said today: ‘It’s encouraging to see rates are still falling across most of the UK, and we’re now below 21,000 cases, less than half the peak of the second wave we saw in October.
‘However, while we are also seeing steady falls in admissions now, it’s important that we aren’t complacent.
‘Even though the UK will start the vaccine roll out next week, many of us won’t be getting one for a few months, so keeping the numbers low and under control is really important for the NHS.’