Lockdown measures have started to ease in England in recent weeks, including restrictions on socialising and non-essential shops reopening. Schools also fully returned to in-person learning earlier this year. Currently, the easing of lockdown measures does not appear to have caused a spike in Covid cases, according to the latest data.
Are Covid cases decreasing in the UK?
According to the Government coronavirus dashboard, the number of Covid cases reported in the UK have decreased over the last seven days.
On April 28, the UK reported 2,166 new cases and 16,095 Covid cases in the previous seven days – down 6.6 percent on the previous week.
The number of people dying within 28 days of a positive Covid test has also decreased in recent weeks.
On April 28, 29 people died within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
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In total over the last seven days, 153 people died within 28 days of a positive test – a drop of 8.9 percent week on week.
The data also suggests the number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 has also dropped substantially.
The latest data, provided on April 24, shows 124 people were admitted to hospital.
Over the previous seven days, 1,014 people were admitted, a decrease of 19.3 percent compared to the previous week.
“The way you test these vaccines against these variants is either you have that variant circulating widely in your population, and you then kind of learn the hard way whether vaccines are working or not – you gain real-life epidemiological data.
“We can’t do that if they are not circulating – we are trying not to let them circulate so we are not going to create that situation so instead what we do are a series of laboratory studies called neutralisation studies.”
Experts are hopeful the existing vaccines will still help to prevent severe disease in cases where people are infected with a variant of the virus.
In light of available studies, Professor Van-Tam added: “Likely in my view, the first thing to go – if something goes – will be protecting against infection, but I hope protection against severe disease will be much more solid and much more lasting.”