COVID cases have fallen to their lowest since last June as the latest outbreak fizzles out with no restraints.
New government statistics show 12,421 people have tested positive for Covid in the last 24 hours – around 37 per cent fewer than the 19,795 last Friday.
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This is the lowest number since June 22 last year, when 11,625 cases were confirmed.
However, questions have been raised about the reliability of the numbers after free testing was scrapped.
The number of deaths has also hit its lowest level since early April, down 18.8 percent in a week to 216 today.
And hospital admissions are also down 23.4 percent to 1,260 on Monday, according to the latest data.
It comes as separate government data showed England’s Covid outbreak has shrunk to its lowest level in two months as the country’s latest wave continues to taper off.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that 2.4 million people have been infected in England each day for the past week, equivalent to one in 25 people – a quarter fewer than last week.
It was part of a large study involving 120,000 people to understand the country’s recent outbreak.
The analysis revealed a “welcome drop” in infections, senior ONS statistician Kara Steel said.
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“Fortunately, infections have continued to fall across most of the UK, although we have yet to see if this is part of a larger trend.”
She said despite the good news, infection rates were still “high”.
Vaccines are the best line of defense, health bosses say, with a new study showing symptoms last on average half as long as the common cold after triple injection.
Spring Boosters are distributed to specific groups in society to keep their immunity high.
It comes after the World Health Organization warned that a new Omicron strain, XE, is more easily transmitted than previous variants – with 1,179 cases in the UK so far.
Omicron XE is a subvariant, or ‘recombinant’ variant – and was first discovered in the UK in January.
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WHO stated: “Early estimates indicate a community growth rate advantage of 10 percent compared to BA.2, but this result requires further confirmation.
“XE belongs to the Omicron variant pending potentially significant differences in transmission and disease characteristics, including severity, being reported.”
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