LONDON (Reuters) – The prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Britain fell sharply in March, a closely watched survey said on Thursday. But with caution, it showed a slowdown in the infection.
The REACT study, conducted by Imperial College London, found an estimated 60% decrease in infections from the most recent study in February, with just 1 in 500 infected.
However, studies have shown that the speed of decline begins to plateau in mid-March. The school will reopen on March 8 and will release COVID-19 restrictions next week, with all outdoor shops and hospitality reopened.
“We’ve seen a welcome drop in infections since the last survey in February … It is very encouraging and shows that we are headed in the right direction.” Said the project director of REACT.
“However, in our latest data, infection rates have been reduced, with an R (reproduction) number being around one. This shows that we need to continue approaching the situation cautiously and following the rules. ”
Overall, the prevalence of the UK fell from 0.49% in February to 0.20% in March.
The REACT study is one of the largest COVID-19 surveys in England, with more than 140,000 volunteers tested in England between March 11 and March 30 in the latest round.
The study found that the association between infection and mortality was different, possibly as a result of the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination program, which found that more than 31 million people were exposed to the COVID-19 vaccine. First time
“These findings are promising and show the significant impact of disruption, combined with our phenomenal vaccination program, on the prevalence of this frightening virus,” said Health Minister Matt. Said Hancock.
Reporting by Alistair Smout; Edited by Jonathan Oatis.