According to Sir Patrick Vallance, the number of coronavirus cases could slow down due to social distancing measures. The chief science adviser pointed to substantial reductions in the use of the London Underground and the use of motor vehicles as evidence of people following the lockdown advice. He also noted that in the latest COVID-19 figures for the United Kingdom, there had been no “strong recovery in growth”.
“This in turn should lead to a substantial reduction in the spread of the virus in the community.
“In the latest figures for new cases, you can see that there is not such a recovery in growth that we talked about at the start.
“There is a fairly constant increase in the number. We may start to see the start of the change, in terms of flattening the curve a bit. We won’t know for sure for about a week. “
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He continued: “It should be remembered that this is a brand new disease, it is relatively easily transmitted and in some people, of course, it is serious.
“So it is important that we break the transmission in society, we do not allow this virus to pass from one household to another.
“This is what social distancing measures are for, trying to slow the rate of transmission.
“In order to find out if these measures work, we are monitoring a number of things. “
Sir Patrick continued: “What we don’t see is an acceleration.
“It is important that we keep these new cases low because this, in turn, leads to the number of people hospitalized.
“The aim is to reduce the number of cases below the capacity of the NHS and save lives. “
At the time of writing, more than 55,000 people in the UK have tested positive for COVID-19.
Among those hospitalized who confirmed their positive, just over 6,000 have now died.