COVID Optimism in Great Britain

COVID Optimism in Great Britain

Cautious optimism in Great Britain: The number of corona cases has been falling continuously for almost a week.

It is the long-awaited kink in the corona incidence curve that the British had to wait impatiently for. After a rapid rise in the seven-day incidence, which spanned from the end of May to almost the end of July, it has now been looking like the situation has eased.

The latest figures mark the lowest incidence in three weeks: Public Health England’s last registered 24,950 new infections. And with that, the number of reported infected people has been falling for six days. These figures offer cautious optimism.

However, experts are still puzzling why the numbers are falling. Several reasons are obvious: the weather is excellent in the UK, people are outside where there are fewer infections. In addition, the European Football Championship was a long time ago. The infections that occurred on this occasion have long been registered.

The most pivotal part, however, is probably the vaccination program. Eighty-eight per cent of adults in England have had their first jab and 70 per cent a second. The vaccination program has hence a lot to do with the decline. In addition, more and more people have formed antibodies from a previous infection. And many young people who have not yet been vaccinated have also developed antibodies, as recent studies show.

However, while the number of infections is falling, hospital admissions are still increasing exponentially. Most recently, 5,238 people were treated with a Covid infection in a hospital. However, it must be stated that the numbers of severe courses no longer correlate with the number of infections as they did prior to the vaccine rollouts.

The impact of the easing that Prime Minister Johnson announced a week ago is still unclear. Experts say that figures will be available by the end of the week at the earliest.

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