In early January, the corona mutant P117 brought the British health system to the brink of collapse. New infections strike 60,000 new cases in the UK daily. The so-called positive ratio increased the rate of positive tests to about 13 percent of the total.
As a result there were 40,000 corona patients in British hospitals, 4,000 of whom were airborne, and 1,300 British people died from or died of the corona virus. The sense of accomplishment, the infections that fell after the second national lockout, was thanks to the new P117 variant. A third locking was required, even more difficult. A lock that is actually infected with a virus.
The National Health Authority (NHA) recently announced about 12,000 new cases, up one-fifth from six weeks ago. According to a study, the number of people currently tested positive for the corona virus in the UK has dropped by two-thirds since the beginning of January.
This is the central decision released on Thursday Study of Imperial College London, For which tens of thousands of roughly selected citizens are constantly being tested. If the test was more than 1.5 percent in early January, it was only 0.5 percent in mid-February. In London, which has been particularly hard hit, the rate of positive tests has dropped by even 80 per cent.
View all tests in the UK based on data Our world in data Determine if the positive rate across the country has dropped significantly over the past six weeks – from about 13 percent to 2 percent. In Germany, the positive rate is relatively high: after the high of 15 percent in early January, it is now 6 percent.
Growers in Great Britain attributed the hard lockout that had been in place since the beginning of January – the number of people who had not yet been vaccinated was still high.
“Infection rates are still very high,” said Paul Elliott, a scientist involved in the BBC interview. “They are as high as they were when they went in September. There are many in the hospital right now like the first waves, so we have to be very careful.”
The growth of the UK, which applies similarly to the whole of Great Britain, reflects a trend that can be seen in other countries as well – in the comparative maps of the University of Oxford: the United States had a steep downward trend in January.
In Germany, the clumsy B117 is currently prevalent in many hotspots and other countries, and the number of new cases has dropped despite the slow pace. However, in countries like Sweden, the situation is now out of hand.
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The lockout announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on January 4 in response to the widespread mutation P117 was significantly tougher than in Germany.
People in Great Britain are only allowed to leave their homes in a few, reasonably exceptional cases. These exceptions are “absolutely necessary” travel, essential groceries, medical appointments or going to church. Britons are allowed to leave the house once a day to play sports.
You are not allowed to meet people in other homes unnecessarily, for example, due to care. Brits who do not break the rules can be fined up to $ 10,000 (approximately, 500 11,500).
Great Britain also expanded its testing capability
In addition to the drastic measures, Great Britain expects rapid success with the vaccine campaign – and has greatly expanded its testing capabilities. From 430,000 trials on the day of the announcement, this number rose to 670,000 trials on February 6th. Since then, the number of trials has dropped again.
The number of infections also had an impact on the gradual hospitalization and number of deaths. An average of 4,000 corona patients had to be admitted to hospitals in Great Britain in early January, up from just 1,500 recently.
The ministry’s latest data show that about 20,000 corona patients are being treated in hospitals, and more than 2,500 are ventilated. There were twice as many patients in mid-January. The number of deaths caused by the corona virus or its affiliates has recently dropped from 1,300 to less than 500.
Breeding in Great Britain has recently fluctuated from 0.6 to 0.9, according to data from the British Ministry of Health. This means: On average, an infected person is less susceptible to the virus than an infected person. According to these data, seven-day events have recently dropped by 3 to 6 percent daily.
The trend in the UK is currently halving the number of infections every 15 days. If this trend continues, the number of new infections per day in six weeks will be less than 1,000.
There are currently 450,000 vaccines a day, and a total of 25 per cent of Englishmen already have immunizations. More than 90 per cent of people over the age of 70 in the UK are vaccinated.
But scientists have not seen the impact of the British vaccine campaign on a small number of infections. Because: The number of infections among those eligible for the vaccine over the age of 65 did not decrease much more than among other ages.
Infections are more prevalent among adolescents
According to a study by Imperial College, the corona virus is now more prevalent among 5 to 12 year olds and 18 to 24 year olds, compared to younger people.
Researchers at Imperial College suspect that children and young people are still going to school, which is the reason for the relatively high number of cases among teenagers. A February study shows that a quarter of elementary school students are still taught privately.
Said Mark Woolhouse, an epidemiologist at the University of Edinburgh Guardian: “I think there are more reasons to be more confident than I was at the end of the first lock.” According to Woolhouse, studies show that corona cases do not increase due to the opening of the school. However, other experts warn and urge schools not to reopen too soon.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday that schools will be allowed to reopen on March 8 – initially for younger students. This is what Northern Ireland announced on Thursday. There, the lock-up was extended to April 1, with another exception, allowing some stores to offer pick-up services again.
In his speech on Monday, Johnson will announce the timetable for the coming weeks, which will include the initial steps. In addition to school closures, Johnson announced this week that remote evacuation and communication restrictions should be removed “carefully but unchangeably.”
However, the Prime Minister clarified that the immediate mitigation would be withdrawn immediately if the infectious situation turned negative.
A senior Foreign Ministry official said ahead of the upcoming relaxation Sky News The British government on Friday could not rule out a fourth lock. James Wise, who represents Great Britain in the Middle East and North Africa, said citizens could not afford this protection. “Viruses don’t work that way,” he says wisely. But: “We want this to be the last lock, and that’s what we’re moving towards.”