Tim Spector, Senior Application Scientist and Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, said: “While the numbers look worrisome, it’s important to point out that vaccines have dramatically reduced serious infections and, afterward. vaccination, Covid is a much milder disease for most people.
“We are seeing a plateau in overall incidence rates in the UK with an ‘R’ value of 1.0, which is good news. But the rate of decline could be slower this time around, as many of the restrictions that were previously in place will end. “
The latest data also shows that the percentage increase in seven-day case rates has declined significantly in recent weeks, with cases currently increasing by 24% per week, up from 74% at the end of last month.
On Sunday, the government announced that every adult in Britain has been offered a first dose of a Covid vaccine, with 87.8% of the population seizing the chance to protect themselves. More than two-thirds of the adult population have also received both doses.
Analysis by PHE and the University of Cambridge suggests that vaccines have so far prevented an estimated 11.8 million infections and nearly 37,000 deaths in England alone.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said it was the best time to release on Sunday, adding: “Now it seems like the logical time to do so, despite the fact that there is a significant prevalence of the virus. in society, for a number of reasons.
“Firstly because we are about to enter the school holidays, which means that the transmission between young people and families will be more controllable, secondly because the weather is better in summer and we are currently experiencing a extremely beautiful weather, so the climate is the most lenient we are likely to have. ”