- Health Department data showing Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths in England today
- Separate figures showed that 92 percent of local officials saw their outbreak ease last week
- The picture came based on warnings from some scientists who feared a return to schools would be dangerous
Britain’s daily Covid cases and deaths fell today in another sign that the return of schools has not started a new wave of the pandemic.
Health department data shows that 26,911 infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, up from 38,013 last Thursday. This marked the eighth day in a row that there has been a decline in cases week-on-week.
Today’s figures do not include data for Scotland due to a ‘technical problem’, but as of yesterday’s data the general downward trend will remain unchanged.
And in another promising sign that the outbreak is easing, the number of deaths across the UK has dropped by 5 per cent after 158 fatalities were recorded.
The latest hospitalizations for England showed they had fallen 10 per cent in a week after 701 people were hospitalized with the virus on 14 September, the latest available. There were no figures for the UK published today.
Separate data showed that 92 per cent of England’s local officials had seen their outbreak ease in the latest week.
These figures come on the basis of warnings from some scientists who feared that the return of schools was dangerous and would lead to a huge jump in COVID cases.
Scotland saw its infection spiral hit a record high in the wake of pupils returning to class, but its cases are now falling week-on-week. Most schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland went back on 1 September.
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.’
It has been suggested that higher antibody levels in young people may keep the virus away. According to official estimates, nine out of 10 people aged 16 to 24 in the UK have COVID antibodies.
Rates will also start rising sharply for 12 to 15-year-olds next week, when the first jab rollout begins for them.
England: The graph above shows the number of COVID cases in England as of the date reported. This shows that even a fortnight after children return to school, they are slipping in the country
Public Health England’s weekly surveillance report showed that only 11 out of 149 officers saw outbreaks in the week ending 12 September. Percentage change in 149 local authorities across England for the week ending 5 September (left) and the most recent week ending 12 September (right)
Scotland: The graph above shows the number of COVID cases in Scotland as of the date reported. The country has not reported its Covid cases today due to a ‘technical problem’, although the downward trend will remain unchanged as of yesterday’s data
Wales: The graph above shows COVID cases as of the date reported in Wales. These have also started closing in the country amid the return of schools.
Northern Ireland: The graph above shows the reported cases in the UK nation. This suggests that they have begun to dip into Northern Ireland, although they remain high.
The Covid Symptom Study estimated that 47,276 people were contracting the virus every day in the UK as of 11 September. This was a decline of nine per cent in the same period last week.
PHE says vaccines saved more than 100,000 lives and prevented nearly 250,000 hospitalizations
England’s COVID vaccine rollout has saved more than 100,000 lives and prevented nearly a million hospital admissions, according to official figures.
Public Health England estimates that 230,800 adults over the age of 45 have been prevented from being hospitalized.
It said 178,900 of those over the age of 65 were prevented from hospitalization.
Meanwhile, about 51,900 people aged 45 to 64 did not require hospital care because they were immunised.
The PHE said the number of vaccination deaths in England is 112,300.
The figures were calculated by PHE and Cambridge University on the basis of data up to 5 September.
In England, about 89 percent of people aged 16 and over have now received a single dose of the vaccine, while 81 percent are fully vaccinated.
However, rates of getting the vaccine are lower in younger age groups.
In England about 83 percent of people aged 30 to 39 have now had a job, as well as 73 percent of those aged 18 to 29.
The Office for National Statistics, which conducted blood tests on youth in four UK countries, found between 87 and 89 percent of them had antibodies that help fight the virus. The presence of coronavirus antibodies suggests that someone has been infected or vaccinated in the past, and therefore has some immunity.
Experts have said the figures could provide evidence that the virus has become endemic, with Britain no longer in a critical position where cases could explode at any time. Instead, covids will come in waves as immunity gradually fades.
Britain reported a further 26,911 Covid cases today, although Scotland was not included in this number due to ‘technical issues’.
But looking at yesterday’s figures, it suggests that if Scotland were included, cases would still be on a downward trend today.
Another 158 deaths were also recorded today, nine fewer than the same period last week.
A message posted on their dashboard from Public Health Scotland read: ‘Daily data on new cases, tests, ICU admissions and vaccinations will not be refreshed today due to a technical issue affecting data availability.
‘Tomorrow’s update will include today’s figures.’
PHE data has shown that the cases of Kovid are increasing continuously in only 11 parts of the country.