A survey of more than 100,000 volunteers, conducted by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, proved that the months-long lockdown helped prevent the spread of the new coronavirus by 30 percent. This means that the infection rate dropped to 96 people per 10,000 infected between November 13 and 24. According to the latest observation, the record was 130 infections per 10,000 people.
Decrease in infections in the UK
“From November 13 to November 24, the SARS-CoV-2 virus was circulating at a significantly lower prevalence than between October 26 and November 2, and infections were significantly reduced by 96 out of 10,000 infected,” the report concluded. report. According to the report, swabs were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The reports say that more than 12 days of testing, of the 105,123 swab results, 821 were positive.
As part of the study, the reproductive number of the virus was estimated at 0.88. This led to the discovery that infections decreased by 0 to 2 percent daily. The report said, “the decrease in prevalence between round 6b (Oct. 26 to Nov. 2, 2020) and 7a represents a national half-life of 37 (30, 47) days with a corresponding R-estimate of 0.88 (0.86, 0.91) “.
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After the lockdown in England ended on December 2, a ‘tougher’ three-tier system is expected to be imposed. While some measures are expected to remain the same, there will be more areas that can be placed in higher levels to prevent the virus from spreading. The 10 PM curfew in bars and restaurants is expected to be changed.
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According to AP reports, Treasury chief Rishi Sunak said, “We are going back to a tiered system, which is a much better way to do this in a localized way.” He added, “And with regard to Christmas, I think Christmas, as frustrating as it may be for all of us, is not going to be normal this year.” Johnson also plans to extend opening hours until 11pm to get the British into the Christmas spirit. The new plan should give a boost to the hospitality industry, which has been badly affected by the pandemic. Various newspaper reports suggested that the rules could be relaxed during the Christmas season. However, the office then made it clear that it will not be normal this time as the restrictions are expected to remain.
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