COVID-19 infection rates in the United Kingdom have fallen by a third in the week ending in April 10 to levels not seen since September last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Friday
LONDON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 16th April, 2021) COVID-19 infection rates in the United Kingdom have fallen by a third in the week ending in April 10 to levels not seen since September last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Friday.
According to the latest data released by the government body, in England alone, an estimated 112,600 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the week ending April 10, equating to around one in 480 people.
In the other three nations that make up the UK the levels of infections also dropped during the same week, with Wales showing one in 920 people infected with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, while in Scotland and Northern Ireland the rates were one in 500 people and one in 710 people, respectively.
"It is encouraging that across the UK we have seen a decrease in the percentage of people testing positive in the latest time period, with rates now similar to what we saw in early September last year," an ONS spokesperson said.
"I'm hugely grateful to the British public for sticking by the rules to suppress COVID-19 as we roll-out the vaccine. Through our mammoth national effort, we're protecting our country from this virus," Hancock tweeted.
The latest ONS data comes amidst concern that the presence of several virus variants of concern, including the ones first detected in India and South Africa, in at least three areas of London, alongside the easing of the coronavirus lockdown would lead to another spike in the number of cases and deaths.