01 Oct Coronavirus: Growth in infections may be slowing, largest COVID-19 study in England suggests | UK News
The growth of coronavirus infections may be falling, early results from the largest COVID-19 study in England suggest.
The director of the study says this could mean that efforts like the “rule of six” and local lockdowns may be effective in slowing the virus – but also stressed the prevalence of the infection was still “the highest that we have recorded to date”.
The figures showed around one in 200 people were infected with coronavirus.
Professor Paul Elliot said: “While our latest findings show some early evidence that the growth of new cases may have slowed, suggesting efforts to control the infection are working, the prevalence of infection is the highest that we have recorded to date.
“This reinforces the need for protective measures to limit the spread of the disease and the public’s adherence to these, which will be vital to minimise further significant illness and loss of life from COVID-19.”
The most recent data was taken from tests on 80,000 volunteers between 18-26 September, and compared to a previous analysis from 24 August to 7 September.
It comes after the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned the country on Wednesday evening “we don’t have this under control at the moment”.
The full study will be published next week.