Covid prevalence in England dropped by 60% from February to March – study breaking news SonDakika-Haberleri.Net
T he prevalence of coronavirus cases in England dropped by around 60% from February to March, with recent data suggesting the decline is “levelling off”, researchers have said. Experts found that the rate of infection fell in all age groups and regions a...
he prevalence of coronavirus cases in England dropped by around 60% from February to March, with recent data suggesting the decline is “levelling off”, researchers have said.
Experts found that the rate of infection fell in all age groups and regions across those two months, with figures also indicating that the vaccine rollout could be “breaking the link” between infections, deaths and hospital admissions.
According to the latest round of the Real-Time Assessment of Community Transmission (React-1) study, one in 500 people on average was still carrying the virus in March.
Researchers found there have been “big falls” in prevalence of the virus in the South East and London from February to March, but there remain “persistent areas of higher prevalence” of the virus in the southern part of Yorkshire, and parts of the East Midlands and the North West.
To date, more than 1.5 million people have provided swabs to the React-1 study so experts can assess infection rates across the country.
The 10th round of tests was conducted between March 11 and March 30, with 140,844 swabs collected, returning 227 positive results.
This is compared with 689 positive results out of 165,456 swabs from February 4 to February 23.
The researchers’ findings, due to be released as a pre-print, were outlined in a briefing to journalists on Wednesday.
– The rate of infection in the community was 0.20% in March – down from 0.49% in February and 1.57% in January.
– While on average there had been an overall decline in Covid prevalence over the whole of February and March, researchers observed last month’s data indicated this had flattened off.
– Using March data alone, the reproduction number (R) – the average number of people an infected person is likely to pass the disease on to – was estimated to be 1.