The steady decline in the number of new cases of coronavirus in England has leveled off, official figures show.
The Office for National Statistics said the decline in the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 has ended in recent months.
According to the most recent figures, about one in every 2,000 people in the community in England suffered from coronavirus in the week to July 19, reports MirrorOnline.
Last week’s bulletin estimated the figure at about one in 2,300 people.
The US has today warned that its figures from one week to the next are “not directly comparable” because they are based on complex trend models.
However, it added, “Based on nose and throat swabs, exploratory models show that the number of people who test positive in England has declined since the start of the study and has now leveled off.”
The numbers are included in the ONS infection research pilot, which has conducted large-scale tests since late April to estimate the spread of the virus in England.
This does not include Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and does not cover cases in hospitals, nursing homes or other “institutional settings”.
It was estimated that there were between 18,500 and 39,900 people with the virus in the week to July 19 – about 2,800 new cases each day. This is an increase from 15,000 to 34,000 people – about 1,700 new cases per day – in the previous week.
However, the US has not gone so far as to actually increase the number of new cases.
Officials said the numbers cannot be directly compared from the weekly of the week to the next – and there is no statistically significant increase at this stage.
Data show that in new cases the decline has leveled off “in all regions”.
However, the US warned that there is “great uncertainty” in the accuracy of results by region, as fewer people generally test positive.
“There is not enough evidence to say with confidence that there is a difference in infection rates between regions,” the watchdog added.
The most recent figures come after two other parts of England were classified as “intervention areas” due to a worrying number of Covid-19 cases.
Luton, Bedfordshire and Blackburn & Darwen, Lancashire, were all highlighted by Public Health England as of particular concern.
Boris Johnson admitted today that it may be “mid-next year” before we are “far beyond” coronavirus.
The prime minister’s comments came days after he claimed the nation could return to “normalcy” by Christmas.
He added, “I still think we have hard times ahead to keep this virus under control. And we have hard times ahead to get through economically.”