England’s coronavirus outbreak shrinks in HALF – as fewer than one in 1,000 are infected

ENGLAND’S coronavirus outbreak has shrunk in HALF in the past week, official new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics estimates that just 53,000 people are currently infected with Covid-19 – or 0.1 per cent of the population.

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It’s a significant fall from the 133,000 people who were thought to have the virus in figures reported by the ONS last week.

The ONS said that there are now around 5,600 new infections a day – a drop from 8,000 per day between May 16 and May 23.

This latest report is based on swab results from households across the country to show how many people are infected with Covid-19 at any on time.

Infection fall

The ONS said “modelling of the trend over time shows evidence that the number of people in England testing positive has decreased in recent weeks”.

There were an estimated 39,000 new Covid-19 infections per week in England between April 26 and May 30, equating to an incidence rate per week of 0.07 new cases per 100 people.

This means fewer than one in every 1,000 people had Covid-19.

Just over a week ago, on May 28, the ONS estimated there were around 54,000 new coronavirus infections per week in England, or around 8,000 a day.

This suggests a drop of around a third between the two datasets.

The estimates are based on swab tests of 19,000 people in 9,000 households.

Extra deaths

It comes as the ONS also published its latest data on the number of excess deaths in England and Wales.

New analysis shows that the coronavirus crisis has killed 46,000 extra people between March 7 and May 1.

But the ONS said 12,900 of these excess deaths weren’t linked to coronavirus and put down to other causes.

Excess deaths refers to the number of deaths that is above the average total for this period in the previous five years.


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They were most common in elderly people with underlying conditions – but the ONS admit some may have been due to undiagnosed Covid-19.

The largest increase in non-Covid deaths compared with the five year average was due to dementia and Alzheimers, which was up 77.8 per cent.

Over 8,000 fewer deaths were reported in hospital over this period, but there were 11,000 more in care homes and 8,000 more in private homes.

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