Hello and welcome to the details of 'No evidence of decline' in Covid-19 rates in England's third lockdown, researchers warn and now with the details
LONDON, Jan 21 ― A third pandemic lockdown appears to be having little impact on rates of Covid-19 in England, researchers warned today, with prevalence of the disease “very high” and “no evidence of decline” in the first 10 days of renewed restrictions.
Until rates of Covid-19 are reduced substantially, health services “will remain under extreme pressure” and the number of deaths will continue to rise rapidly, researchers leading Imperial College London's REACT-1 prevalence study said.
“The number of Covid-19 in-patients (in hospital) is extremely high at the moment, and we can't expect that to drop unless we can achieve lower levels of prevalence,” said Steven Riley, a professor of infectious disease dynamics who co-led the work.
“The fact that (prevalence) is not going down has potentially serious consequences”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson put England into a third national lockdown on January 5, closing bars, restaurants and most schools, and allowing only essential shops to open.
Ministers have appealed to people to stay at home as much as they can to prevent hospitals being overwhelmed and to give authorities time to roll out Covid-19 vaccines to the elderly and those at highest risk.
But presenting his latest data ― covering January 6 to January 15 ― Riley said prevalence rates were at 1.58 per cent, the highest recorded by the REACT-1 study since it started in May 2020. This is a rise of more than 50 per cent since the last readout in mid-December.
Riley also cautioned against pinning immediate hopes on Covid-19 shots.
“The vaccine is only going to have a very limited impact on prevalence in the short-term,” he told reporters.
Paul Elliott, an expert in epidemiology and public health medicine and director of the REACT programme, said the stubborn levels of Covid-19 infection may be in part due to a more transmissible variant of the virus which emerged late last year.
“We've really got to double down on the public health measures ― wear face covers, keep your distance and wash your hands,” Elliott said. “There will be continued pressure until we can get the prevalence down.”
The British government reported a fresh daily record rise in deaths yesterday with 1,820 people dying within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test. However, new infections ― at 38,905 ― were down from a recent peak of 68,053 on January 8.
The health ministry said the full impact of the lockdown would not yet be reflected in the prevalence figures, but added the survey highlighted the importance of everyone staying at home and following the restrictions. ― Reuters
These were the details of the news 'No evidence of decline' in Covid-19 rates in England's third lockdown, researchers warn for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.
It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.