Decline in coronavirus numbers is slowing, ONS data suggests
The decline is "slowly declining" coronavirus numbers. (AP)
The rate at which coronavirus infections are declining in England has "slowed down in the past few weeks," a new report said.
The document released by the National Statistics Office on Thursday showed the results of data from the latest COVID-19 infection survey.
The data shows that the average number of new coronavirus cases per day has dropped from 4,500 in the past week to 3,800 since the end of April.
The number is based on the results of swab tests performed by 24,413 participants, 10 of whom tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the ONS, the decline proposed by this model “has apparently slowed down in the past few weeks”. The proportion of the population tested positive dropped from an estimated 0.33% on April 26 to 0.10% by May 26, before leveling off to around 0.07% in the days leading up to June 13.
The results for the last period are preliminary because not all swab test results have been received. This can lead to further changes in the numbers.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) announced that 42,288 people in hospitals, nursing homes and the wider community have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK on Wednesday at 5 p.m., an increase of 135 from 42,153 the previous day .
Separate models released by ONS and run by Oxford and Manchester Universities showed a "significant downward trend" in the estimated percentage of people in England who tested positive for Covid-19 since the infection study started on April 26.
This compares to an average of 4,500 new infections per day for the period from April 26 to June 7, which the ONS estimated last week.
The ONS also said that at some point between May 31 and June 13, an average of 33,000 people in private households in England had COVID-19.
This corresponded to 0.06% of the population, or about one in 1,700 people.
About one in 1,700 people had a corona virus at a certain time, the ONS said. (AP)
According to the ONS, this was a "significant decrease" compared to the average of 149,000 infected people between May 3rd and 16th, which corresponds to 0.27% of the population.
The report read: "Our latest estimates show that an average of 33,000 people in England suffered from the corona virus at some point in the two weeks from 31 May to 13 June.
"This corresponds to 0.06 percent of the population in England, or about one in 1,700 people.
"This estimate is based on swab tests from 24,413 participants, 10 of whom tested positive for COVID-19."
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