- Scotland declines despite two days of data reporting after ‘technical problem’
- The Office for National Statistics’ weekly surveillance report estimates there were 697,100 infections last week
- Most schools withdrew from summer break on 1 September, with the first data covering the entire week of the new semester
- Estimates are based on random cleaning in 100,000 homes and suggest that one in 80 people had the virus in the past week
Britain’s daily Covid cases declined today, with official figures showing yet more evidence that the return of schools has failed to trigger a new wave.
Data from the Health Department showed that 32,651 more infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, a drop of 13 per cent from last Friday.
Today’s figures include two days’ worth of data for Scotland, which yesterday did not report any cases due to a ‘technical problem’. But despite bumper reporting, the cases kept on moving downwards.
It marks the ninth day in a row that UK cases have fallen week-on-week, with infections expected to rise after classes reopen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The latest hospitalizations showed that 909 people were admitted to virus-hit wards on September 13, the latest available. This was 14 per cent lower than the same period last week. But there were also 178 deaths, up from fifth last Friday.
The figures for both hospitalization and death are weeks behind cases because it takes time for an infection to trigger serious illness.
Discrete figures today offer further evidence that there has yet to be a jump in the number of children returning to school.
A surveillance report from The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 697,100 people were infected on any given day across England in the seven days to September 11, a decrease of 8 per cent in the previous week.
Most schools in England went back from summer break on 1 September, meaning that today’s data includes the first full week of the new school term.
There were widespread concerns that England would see a meteoric rise in infections like Scotland did when classes north of the border resumed in mid-August. Covid cases there tripled over the next fortnight, putting pressure on health officials to approve vaccines for children aged 12 to 15 this week.
The latest estimates, based on random swabbing of 100,000 households in England, suggest that one in 80 people were carrying the virus on any given day last week.
England: The graph above shows the number of COVID cases in England as of the date reported. This suggests cases in the country are on a downward spiral as the projected increase in infections due to the reopening of schools is failing
Scotland: The graph above shows the number of COVID cases in Scotland as of the date reported. Country did not register any covid cases yesterday due to technical problem
Wales: The graph above shows COVID cases as of the date reported in Wales. This shows that they are trending down
Northern Ireland: The graph above shows COVID cases as of the date reported in Northern Ireland. they are trending down
The Office for National Statistics’ weekly surveillance report estimates that there were 697,100 infections in England in the seven days to September 11, down 8 per cent in the previous week.
Meanwhile, the government’s scientific advisory group said England’s R rate held steady at around 1 over the past week, but could be as low as 0.9 or as high as 1.1.
The UK is currently receiving 1,000 Covid hospitalizations per day, most of which are in England (shown). This is up from about 750 on ‘Independence Day’ on 19 July, when all legal restrictions were lifted in England.
Deaths remain low despite high levels of transmission thanks to the rollout of vaccines
DoH data showed England reported 23,265 cases today, down 13 per cent in the same period last week.
In Scotland they dropped by 19 percent week-on-week, despite the country reporting two days of infections today. Scottish authorities reported 5,529 cases today compared to 6,815 last Friday.
Infections dropped 26 percent in a week after Northern Ireland recorded 1,239. Wales was the only region that saw an increase in its infections, up six percent in a week when 2,618 were recorded.
Professor Paul Hunter, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, said: ‘While it seems like those strongly expressed views that we will see an increase in infections once schools go back, it hasn’t.’
Meanwhile, top government scientists said England’s R rate held steady at around 1 over the past week, but could be as low as…