The prevalence of Covid-19 infections in England dropped steeply in March, a carefully watched survey stated on Thursday, however in a notice of warning it additionally confirmed that the drop in infections had slowed.

The REACT examine, run by Imperial College London, discovered that infections fell by roughly 60% from the final examine in February, with just one in 500 individuals contaminated.

However, the examine discovered that the pace of decline began to plateau in mid-March. Schools reopened on March 8, and Covid-19 restrictions can be loosened additional subsequent week, with the reopening of all retailers and outside hospitality venues.

“We have seen a gratifying fall in infections since our last survey in February… This is hugely encouraging and shows we’re headed in the right direction,” Paul Elliott, director of the REACT programme, stated.

“However, in our most recent data there has been a flattening off in the infection rate with an R (reproduction) number now around one. This shows that we need to continue to approach the situation with caution and keep sticking to the rules.”

Overall, nationwide prevalence in England dropped from 0.49% in February to 0.20% in March.

The REACT examine is among the largest Covid-19 surveys of its form in England, with over 140,000 volunteers examined in England between March 11 and March 30 within the newest spherical.

The examine discovered that the correlation between infections and deaths was diverging, probably an impact of Britain’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, which has seen over 31 million individuals obtain a primary Covid-19 vaccine dose.

“These findings are promising and illustrate the significant impact that lockdown, combined with our phenomenal vaccination programme, is having on the prevalence of this dreadful virus,” well being minister Matt Hancock stated.


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