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World Rise in coronavirus cases 'may be levelling off' in England, ONS data suggests

15:45  02 october  2020
15:45  02 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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The number of people in England testing positive for coronavirus may be levelling off , according Leicester was the first place in the UK to have a local lockdown introduced after a rise in Covid-19 Any sign of cases levelling off is welcome news. The ONS can only say this " may " be happening

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There is "some limited evidence" that the recent sharp increase in new coronavirus cases in England is levelling off, the UK's Office for National Statistics has said.

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"There is some limited evidence that the incidence rate may be levelling off following steep increases during August and September," the agency said.

"However the wide credible intervals mean it is too early to say."

The figures do not include people staying in hospitals or care homes.

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chart, line chart: A chart showing the estimated number of new daily cases in England. Data: ONS © Other A chart showing the estimated number of new daily cases in England. Data: ONS According to the survey, there is evidence of higher infection rates in the North West and North East, along with Yorkshire and the Humber and London.

Katherine Kent, co-head of analysis for the Covid-19 Infection Survey, urged caution over the figures.

"While the evidence suggests that the increase in new cases may be levelling off after a sharp rise in August and September, it is too early to be certain at this stage," she said.

Pedestrians wearing facemasks walk through central Warrington, north west England on October 1, 2020, as Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced new local restrictions for certain areas in the north west of the country during a resurgence of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) Pedestrians wearing facemasks walk through central Warrington, north west England on October 1, 2020, as Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced new local restrictions for certain areas in the north west of the country during a resurgence of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

The study has analysed almost 300,000 test swabs over the last six weeks from randomly selected members of the public, whether they have symptoms or not.

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Virus cases ' may be levelling off ' in England . Public Health England , which does look at confirmed cases along with other measures, said the majority of indicators suggested "Covid-19 activity remained stable at a national level ". But there was a rise in cases being identified and general "increases in

The rise in the R (reproduction) number - which describes how many others each infected person passes Katherine Kent, from the ONS infection survey, said the results suggested "an increase in Covid-19 infections in England during Coronavirus cases continue to level off in England - ONS .

It comes after the leader of the biggest COVID-19 study in England said restrictions across the north of England could be pushing down the growth of the coronavirus epidemic.

The organisation's data indicated case rates were highest among 20-29 year olds, but showed positivity rates had increased across most age groups and were highest in the 60-69 age range in community testing.

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The UK had reported a slight dip in those testing positive on Thursday after two straight days of more than 7,000 new daily cases.

But the ONS infection survey looks to estimate infection numbers in the community beyond those who have been tested.

It found an estimated 116,600 people had the disease in England - up from an estimated 103,600 people last week.

ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Two women wear face shields as they walk through Middlesbrough on October 02, 2020 in Middlesbrough, England. © 2020 Getty Images ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Two women wear face shields as they walk through Middlesbrough on October 02, 2020 in Middlesbrough, England. The ONS added there was clear evidence of an increase in the number of people testing positive in recent weeks.

And it added that the data pointed to higher infection rates in the north of England and in London.

The survey found shopping and eating out were the most commonly reported activities among people with COVID-19 in the two to seven days before symptoms began, suggesting this was considered a possible place of transmission.

However, only 4 per cent of transmissions were confirmed as having happened in a food outlets restaurant.

This compares to 41 per cent in educational settings - with the biggest proportion being in secondary schools, which saw a rate of transmission more than three times higher than those in colleges and universities.

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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