COVID-19 cases in England fell by about 60% from February to March – but the latest data suggests that this decline is now “levelling off”. The latest REACT study suggests infection rates are now at a level last seen in early September – and are nearly the same as the end of the first lockdown last May. COVID-19 infection rates fell in all age groups and regions across February and March, researchers said. London and the South East saw the sharpest drops in infection rates from February to March, but experts have warned there remains “persistent areas of higher prevalence” in southern Yorkshire and parts of the Midlands and the North West. Across England, data shows an average of just one in 500 people was carrying the virus in March – and the study also indicated that the vaccine rollout could be “breaking the link” between infections, deaths and hospital admissions. Advertisement Those aged 65 and over, who were prioritised for the vaccine, had the lowest prevalence of infections, deaths and hospital admissions, the study’s 10th round from 11 to 30 March found. The relationships between cases and deaths “has diverged from January onwards and is in keeping with the timing… Read full this story
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