#AceHealthReport – July.29: There have been more than 300,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus so far in the UK and over 45,000 people have died, government figures show:
Here we a take a look at some of the key figures of the pandemic in the UK – estimates of the death toll and whether cases are rising or fallingL You can also find out more about cases in your area using our search tool and map: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
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Public Health England figures on coronavirus cases were updated on 2 July to include people tested in the wider community, as well as hospitals and healthcare workers, causing the numbers to increase sharply. Figures for the rest of the UK already included people tested in the wider population.
Decline in new cases stalls amid concern over hotspots
The new coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January, but the number of daily confirmed cases and related deaths only began to increase significantly by the second half of March: Lockdown restrictions came into force across the UK at the end of that month and the number of new confirmed cases continued to rise until April, before starting to fall steadily throughout May and June: However, the downward trend now appears to have stalled: On Tuesday, a further 581 cases were reported.
Since some of the March lockdown restrictions were eased, a number of local outbreaks have been identified across the country: Health Secretary Matt Hancock says targeted action is being taken every week against such clusters of infections. …….The Lancashire town of Blackburn with Darwen is one of the latest hotspots, where coronavirus cases are rising, as is Luton in Bedfordshire. Both towns say gyms and other leisure facilities will remain closed for the time being……………Local lockdown measures were announced in Leicester at the end of June and although non-essential shops were told last Friday they could reopen, people have been urged not to leave their homes just to go shopping……………..Public Health England has also produced a coronavirus watchlist of areas, based on an assessment of incidence rates, and other indicators such as trends in testing, local responses and plans, healthcare activity and mortality.
Decline in daily deaths has slowed
While the fall in the number of new cases of coronavirus appears to have stalled, government-announced deaths have continued to drop since a peak in mid-April, though the downward trend has slowed recently: On Tuesday, a further 119 deaths were reported. On Monday there were only seven deaths announced, but the figure is often lower at weekends and just after because there is a delay in reporting deaths on Saturdays and Sundays: The latest figures were published on the government’s coronavirus dashboard – although a review is taking place into the way deaths from coronavirus are counted in England.
Public Health England have confirmed that reported deaths may have included people who tested positive months before they died: Other UK nations include only those who died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus: Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a Commons committee last week that the results of the review would be published “very, very shortly”…………..The majority of the UK’s deaths have been in England, with just over 41,000 so far.
No new deaths were reported in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland on Tuesday: Coronavirus in Scotland: Key figures and trends & What do the stats tell us in Wales? But so far they have not ‘ fully opened up ‘ the hospitality sector ‘ together with their airports:
What is the R number in the UK?
The “R number” is the average number of people an infected person will pass the disease on to.
If R is below one, then the number of people contracting the disease will fall; if it is above one, the number will grow.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, known as Sage, believes the R number across the whole of the UK is currently between 0.7 and 0.9.
The government says in England itself it is between 0.8 and 1.0.
The estimate for Scotland is between 0.6 and 0.9. In Northern Ireland it is between 0.7 and 0.9, while it is between 0.6 and 0.8 in Wales.
The government has said in the past that the R number is one of the most important factors in deciding when lockdown measures can be eased. But it now says that infection rates are too low to calculate R precisely in all areas of the UK.
#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: July.29: 2020:
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