No evidence of drop in Covid-19 cases despite UK’s third lockdown

No evidence of drop in Covid-19 cases despite UK’s third lockdown

A further 1,290 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the United Kingdom total to 94,580, the government have confirmed.

AFPThere were 33,355 new cases recorded, down from the 37,535 reported on Monday.

Nearly 5 million people have already received a first shot.

And he said it was "absolutely crucial" to follow the regulations "in what is unquestionably going to be a tough few weeks ahead". This means that every 100 people will transmit Covid-19 to 104 people.

He added: "We're in a position where the levels are high and are not falling now within the period of this current lockdown".

The study comes at a time when the country reported the highest number of Covid related deaths since the pandemic began. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The ONS also found that around one in 35 people in private households in London had Covid-19 between January 10 and 16 - the highest figure for any region in England.

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The other estimates are: one in 55 people in south-east England, one in 60 in the East Midlands, one in 75 in eastern England, one in 80 in south-west England and one in 85 in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The South West (1.22%) and Yorkshire and The Humber (1.18%) have the lowest proportions of people testing positive.

"The vast majority of the public continues to abide by the rules and do isolate when they are asked", he said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday it was too early to say when lockdown restrictions could be lifted, but he hopes a mass vaccination programme will pave a way for a return to some degree of normality by the spring.

On Thursday Priti Patel announced that anyone caught breaching lockdown rules and attending a gathering of more than 15 people would face a fine of £800 however, on Thursday evening police broke up a wedding attended by 400 people in north London.

In some areas of England, as many as one in 20 people in private households are estimated to have had the virus between January 12 and 17.

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