Only 17 places in England are now seeing coronavirus cases plummet

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Only 17 of England’s 149 regions have seen a drop in coronavirus cases one week per week according to the latest official figures.Cases are either climbing or showing no change in all other areas according to Public Health England.

Sunderland and Bolton are among the worst areas, while PHE now has 49 areas on its watch list of places where authorities are concerned about outbreaks – many more than in previous weeks.

The areas where the infection rate has declined since the start of last month were:

  • Bedford
  • Bexley
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Camden
  • Gloucestershire
  • Greenwich
  • Norfolk
  • Oldham
  • Plymouth
  • Redcar et Cleveland
  • Rutland
  • Southampton
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Swindon
  • Trafford
  • Wandsworth

It comes as the average number of people testing positive each day has doubled to 3,000 in 10 days, with young people being warned that the virus is increasing in their age group.

A second coronavirus lockdown could be imposed on Wales within weeks if people don’t change their behavior, the country’s health minister has said.

Vaughan Gething warned the pattern of increasing cases was “similar to the situation we faced in early February” and said action needed to be taken to avoid significant damage or another complete lockdown.

The number of new coronavirus cases in Wales rose by 183 on Monday – the biggest increase in daily cases since May 19 – bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19,573.

And the UK must act quickly to prevent coronavirus cases from spiraling out of control, with even a potentially ‘dangerous’ days delay, according to an academic advising the government.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said a ‘trickle’ of cases can turn into a ‘cascade’, adding that if people don’t follow the ‘rule of six’ now, the country risks returning to “hard lockdown”.

Prof Openshaw, who is a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), which advises the government on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory viruses, said if the virus was in homes of care, it would inevitably lead to hospitalizations. and the dead.

Speaking on Sky’s Ridge on Sunday, he said: “We know these are very vulnerable pockets. It’s not just in younger people, it’s starting to show up in more vulnerable people and it’s inevitably going to be followed by hospitalizations and deaths, so we need to act quickly.

Speaking about the increase in cases, Prof Openshaw said: “I think everyone agrees that we really need to act very quickly now to prevent this from growing exponentially.

“I think the main point is we have to act fast because it’s so much harder to get this stuff under control if you delay.

“Even a few days will be potentially very dangerous now at this very moment.”

Former chief science adviser and member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), Sir Mark Walport, has warned the country is ‘on the verge of losing control’ of Covid-19.

When asked if he thought Sir Mark was right, Professor Openshaw replied to Ridge: “Well, yeah, I think that’s true.”

The Sunday Times reported that a Department of Health report marked “official sensitive” and released on Friday said the rate of coronavirus recorded through satellite tests – which are used in nursing homes – had quadrupled from the start. of the month.

The newspaper also said Health Secretary Matt Hancock received an emergency update on Wednesday that said outbreaks had been detected in 43 nursing homes.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said: “Throughout our response to the coronavirus, we have done everything we can to ensure that all staff and residents of nursing homes are protected. .

Tough new Covid-19 lockdown measures were announced for parts of the UK on Friday as cases continued to rise and the R-number – the reproduction number of coronavirus transmission – soared above of one.

According to government advisers, the last time R was above one was in early March.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph reported that up to 4.5 million people deemed to be at risk of serious illness from Covid-19 will be asked to stay home again or receive personalized advice to protect themselves if cases reach dangerous levels.

The newspaper said people identified using a new “risk model” based on factors such as underlying health issues, age, gender and weight will receive letters with advice. specific.

The plan is initially expected to work in areas with severe levels of infection, but officials are ready to roll it out nationwide if necessary, a source told the newspaper.

And according to the newspaper, Prime Minister Boris Johnson would consider introducing a 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. curfew in restaurants, bars and pubs if local measures are unable to contain the spread of the virus.

The move stems from concern that adherence to social distancing measures wanes as people consume alcohol.

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