Rise in Covid-19 cases in England may be slowing, study suggests

Estimated one in 200 people have Covid but new restrictions appear to be slowing its spread

Currently as many as one in 100 people are infected with Covid-19 in north-west England, but there are signs that the rise in infections is now slowing, an interim report from a large testing programme in the community suggests.

Even in the least-affected regions, approximately one in 400 people are carrying the virus, after a fourfold increase in infections since late August to early September. However, the R value – the average number of people an infected person infects – appears to have fallen and now stands at around 1.1, indicating that social distancing measures introduced last month are beginning to have an effect.

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