Number of people with coronavirus in England DROPS for the first time in three months to 633,000, ONS data shows (but a lab error means they don’t know how many are getting infected each day)
The number of people with coronavirus in England has fallen for the first time in three months, official data revealed today.
Mass testing by the Office for National Statistics suggests 633,000 people – 1.16 per cent of the population, or one in every 85 people – is carrying the virus.
Estimated using tests done up until last Saturday, November 21, the number takes into account the effects of two weeks of lockdown and has declined for the first time since September.
A lab error, however, means the ONS cannot estimate how many people are catching the virus each day.
The statisticians usually publish the number weekly and last Friday said there were 38,900 daily cases in the week to November 14. This had fallen by 10,000 a day from 47,700 a week earlier, and another decline was expected this week.
ONS data, considered to be the most accurate picture of England’s outbreak, was published a day early as the Department of Health prepares to announce which areas will face tough local lockdowns when the national rules are lifted next week.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will speak in the House of Commons this morning as the country holds its breath in hopes of extra freedom in the run-up to Christmas.