Sir Patrick Vallance has confirmed that coronavirus cases are starting to level off.
He said in a press conference tonight that since November 5, when national restrictions were put in place, the number has started to level off.
Sir Patrick said, “The overall effect was to stop this – and possibly lead to a decline now.
“In terms of cases, it has turned the corner because of the data we have now.”
When the restrictions were put in place, there was a delay in hospital admissions that “has now leveled off – still at a high level. It’s no longer going up.
He said, “Unfortunately, we will see some people die from this disease.”
A graph shown during the press conference showed that the country still saw a rise in deaths during the first peak in March, which fell all over in the summer and when October levels were introduced.
It started to slow down, but Sir Patrick said, “I expect this to continue as there is a delay between infections, hospitalizations and those who die from this disease.”
He said the message is that the terms worked “in terms of delay.”
The national lockdown appears to be driving it “down”, but “the numbers remain high”.
Professor Chris Whitty looked at figures comparing the north to the south and said that in many areas in the north, rates are very high, but “starting to decline,” but in Kent rates are still going up.
He says we look at the degree of positivity and the pressure on the NHS in each individual area.
That’s what’s going on in making the decisions on levels.
The prime minister says mass testing in Liverpool has helped lower the R – infection rate.
He added, “That’s something that people can trust. We will make it available to communities.
“Just like the vaccine, it’s very different from the world we were in a few weeks ago.”