In fact, the number of hospitalized patients with the disease in England has reached its highest level since mid-March, according to official data.
The government said as of 9 a.m. on Monday, the UK had recorded an additional 24,950 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19, up from 46,558 on July 20.
Dr Mike Tildesley, an infectious disease expert, said closing schools for the summer break was likely one of the reasons for the drop in cases, but it was too early for the data show an effect of the easing of restrictions by England in July. 19, reports PA.
Meanwhile, the NHS said a total of 5,055 patients were hospitalized with Covid-19 in England on Monday, up 33% from the previous week and the highest level since March 18.
The figures reflect the impact of the third wave of coronavirus which began at the end of May.
Dr Tildesley, a member of the Pandemic Influenza Modeling Science Panel (Spi-M) that advises ministers, said it takes a few weeks for the number of cases in the community to be reflected in hospital admissions .
He explained that the lag between infections and hospital admissions means that admissions are expected to continue to rise in the coming days, regardless of the number of cases.
Dr Tildesley, of the University of Warwick, said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the decline in cases, but only time will tell if the third wave of Covid “turns around”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that “Any situation where cases are clearly declining is good news”.
But he added: “I think what we have to think about, however, is that there has been a change recently and I think the most important thing is that in many parts of the country schools are. now closed for the summer. ”
Dr Tildesley explained that high school students took lateral flow tests twice a week, adding that ‘because the schools are now disbanded, it may be that part of the reason the cases have declined somewhat. is that we do not detect as many cases in young people. now “.
Education Minister Vicky Ford said on Monday that while the sustained decline in coronavirus cases is “very good news,” people must not become complacent.
A spokesperson for Number 10 said the drop in coronavirus cases was “encouraging” but the numbers are expected to rise further, adding that “the prime minister thinks we are not out of the woods yet”.
The government said Monday it was expanding its daily contact tests for frontline sectors with 1,200 new sites.
A total of 2,000 sites across the country will be available for those working in prisons, garbage collection, defense, the food industry, transportation, border forces, and police and fire departments.
The daily negative lateral flow test results will allow eligible workers who have been alerted by the NHS Covid-19 app or called by NHS Test and Trace as coronavirus contacts to continue working.
Meanwhile, continued US restrictions on international travel have dashed hopes of British holidaymakers to cross the Atlantic this summer.
Current rules related to Covid-19 mean that most European travelers, including those from the UK, cannot enter the United States.
The Associated Press reported that the restrictions will not be lifted due to the prevalence of the coronavirus variants in Europe.
Elsewhere, it has been reported that ministers are preparing to ease travel rules for expats returning to the UK from Sunday.
British nationals living abroad who have suffered a double blow will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving from an Orange List country, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper also reported that ministers are expected to agree a reciprocal agreement on non-quarantine travel with 33 countries, which could lead to an increase in travel between the UK and the EU.
In other developments, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he supports the “pragmatic” use of Covid vaccine passports, while stressing the importance of testing as part of the certification system.
Meanwhile, rail services saw the introduction of reduced hours in England after being affected by staff self-isolation.
Workers in the public transport sector are among the thousands of people surveyed by the NHS Covid-19 app.