The first UK lockdown started in March 2020 and now 15 months later some restrictions remain. Covid cases have varied over the course of the last year, but now cases finally appear to be at manageable levels, lockdown measures have started to ease in England.
What are Covid cases like in the UK?
On April 22, the UK recorded 2,729 new coronavirus cases and 17,296 cases over the last seven days – a drop of 7.4 percent week on week.
As of April 22, there were 18 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
Over the last seven days, 156 people died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test – a decrease of 26.1 percent week on week.
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As of April 18, 1,191 people were admitted to hospital over the previous seven days – a drop of 19.7 percent based on the previous seven days.
The decrease in coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths is believed to be in part due to the successful vaccine rollout programme in the UK.
Up to April 21, more than 33 million people have received their first Covid vaccine dose in the UK.
More than 11 million people have also received their second vaccine dose.
He added: “Otherwise in a virus that is still evolving and adapting to humanity, new variants will come, which may take us back to some point in 2020 if they escape vaccines and treatments.”
Although cases are dropping in the UK, the coronavirus pandemic continues around the world.
India has just been added to the UK travel red list as cases in the region have rocketed in recent weeks.
A new Covid variant, B.1.617, is believed to be contributing to the sharp rise in Covid cases in India.
The variant is causing concern for experts, as it is believed to have a “double mutation” in the spike protein which may mean the virus infects cells and evades the immune system.
In the week leading up to April 21, Public Health England said a further 55 cases of the variant have been found in the UK.