Great Britain

Covid cases plunge to ‘almost half of 43,000 a day peak & same levels as early October’

THE number of new daily coronavirus cases has plunged to almost half the amount recorded at the end of October, latest data from the Covid Symptom App reveals.

There are currently 24,937 new infections being logged every day in Britain - almost half the 43,569 recorded daily during the last week of October.

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It comes as Britain's R rate shrinks, with experts saying it could be below 1 across the country.

Sharing the latest figures on Twitter, Professor Tim Spector, wrote: "Great data from the Zoe CSS app as new cases in UK starting to fall rapidly - now under 25,000 per day in UK (peak was 43,000) with R of 0.9 in nearly all areas."

He added there were "no signs of problems in the older groups," while asking: "England levels back to those of early October? Is government data up to date?"

Data on the government's coronavirus dashboard yesterday revealed 16,022 more people had tested positive for the bug in the UK on November 27.

On November 26, the figure was 17,555.

R RATE DROPS

The hopeful figures come as the current R rate in England sits between 0.9 and 1 - having dropped for the third week in a row.

Last week, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) estimated the R to be between a range of 1.0 and 1.1.

When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially, but below that number would suggest the epidemic is shrinking.

The North West, which was the country's Covid hotspot before the national lockdown, is now the area with the lowest R rate.

Despite that, it will be placed back in strict Tier 3 restrictions from next Wednesday - a decision the Government says is based on a range of other factors such as case rates in the over 60s and local pressure on the NHS.

Yorkshire and the North East, which will also be facing tough Tier 3 rules next week, had the next lowest range at 0.8 and 1.0.

The R rate is highest in the South East at between 1.0 and 1.2, followed by London at 1.0 and 1.1.

The East of England, Midlands, and the South West are all sitting at somewhere between 0.9 and 1.1, according to Sage.

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