Covid cases are now falling in EVERY part of England as the R rate stabilizes


CORONAVIRUS cases are now falling in all regions of the UK as the crucial R-rate has stabilized, new data has revealed.

Today, daily infections dropped to below 100,000 for the first time in three weeks, indicating that the British have now passed the peak of Omicron infections.

The chart above shows how Covid cases are falling across the country, data from January 10 to January 13 are incomplete

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The chart above shows how Covid cases are falling across the country, data from January 10 to January 13 are incomplete

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The R-rate is currently between 1.1 and 1.5, a slight decrease from last week’s 1.2 to 1.5.

It is highest in the Northeast, which is between 1.4 and 1.7, but despite a high R-rate, infections are now beginning to decline in the region – which had previously been an Omicron epicenter.

Infections have dropped to 99,652 today across the country, and the last time the numbers were below 100,000 was Christmas Day, but that was probably due to people celebrating the holiday and not being tested.

But on December 19, 81,761 experienced new cases in 24 hours before it began to rise steadily over the next two weeks.

In the last seven days, the infections have dropped enormously from record highs of over 200,000 per. day in an encouraging sign.

The decline in infections across the country comes after the government decided to lower the isolation period for the virus to five days from seven.

Ministers have also suggested that Covid passports could be scrapped within weeks as Britain prepares to leave the pandemic.

The decisions come amid declining infections and evidence that the Omicron variant is milder than those that came before it, with most now showing up with cold-like symptoms.

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A number of very positive studies show that Omicron is milder than other strains in the vaccinated, with the first official British report revealing that the risk of hospitalization is 50 to 70 percent lower than with Delta.

Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and provide the best chance of getting through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get the vital extra vaccines into British arms to stave off the need for new restrictions.

FALLING PRICES

Omicron infections had first peaked in London by the end of the second week of December, before the cases came across the rest of the country.

A little over a week ago, the number of cases had increased rapidly in areas over the northeast – but over the last few days, the number of infections has decreased.

On January 13, UKHSA data reported that 2,939 people tested positive with Covid in the Northeast.

On January 4, over 14,000 people a day tested positive for the virus in the region.

If you look at the same time period, between 4 January and 13 January, a pattern emerges across the country with declining infections.

In the East Midlands, 17,623 people tested positive on January 4, compared to 3,064 on January 13.

In eastern England on 4 January, 19,775 tested positive, compared to 4,288 on 13 January.

On January 4, 28,418 people tested positive, compared to 3,953 on January 13th.

While the data set for the last few days is not complete, there is a clear decline in cases across regions.

In the northwestern fall they went from 34,133 to 4,648, and in the southeastern fall they fell from 28,719 to 5,856.

South West fell from 15,405 to 3,254 and in the West Midlands it was 22,166 to 4,274.

In Yorkshire and the Humber it fell from 23,179 to 3,870.

STABILIZATION

But data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which runs up to January 7, says the North West currently has the most infections in the UK.

About one in ten people in the region are currently testing positive for the virus.

Data from ONS – which is slightly behind the government’s daily dashboard data – show that positive infections continued to rise in the UK until 7 January, except in London and the east of England.

The area with the highest infection rates, it is said, is the northwest, while the southwest has the lowest.

Data from the UKHSA’s weekly monitoring report, which runs until 9 January, say: “Overall, the number of Covid-19 cases stabilized or decreased.

“Case rates fell in most groups, although increases were observed by region in the northeast.”

Yesterday, the latest data from a Covid study revealed that the Omicron wave has peaked in the UK.

Professor Tim Spector said: “From the Zoe data, the Omicron top has disappeared a few days ago.

“We are seeing a decline throughout the country in virtually all areas, perhaps except the Northeast, but it is starting to slow down.

“The Omicron wave has peaked and is on its way down, so we’re on the other side, so it’s great – but of course we do not know what the future holds.”

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