The number of daily coronavirus cases on average has fallen across the UK on the whole but infections have risen in the Midlands, new research show.
There are currently on average 35,963 daily new cases of Covid-19 in the UK over the two weeks leading up to November 1, according to the ZOE COVID Symptom Study UK Infection Survey.
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, urged caution but said in light of numbers falling and the news of a vaccine, “it feels like the end is in sight.”
The figures are based on swab tests and do not include infections in care homes.
The data released on Friday shows with 7,671 daily average cases the Midlands is the only region in the UK that has seen an increase in infections.
The number of daily cases in the Midlands are creeping up to the same levels seen in the North East and Yorkshire which has 6,628 infections and has overtaken the North West.
There are 4,743 daily cases in the North West, which is the UK’s worst affect areas, which is now at the same levels they were at the beginning of October and has an R value of 0.8
Daily cases in the South East, which has 3,477 new infections, and the South West, which recorded 2,694 new cases, have stopped increasing but they have yet to fall.
London recorded on average 4,398 new daily cases.
A breakdown across the UK shows England had 29,547 new cases, Scotland 3,117, Wales 2,527 and Northern Ireland recorded 772 infections.
The figures are compiled using data from 13,460 recent swab tests done between October 25 and November 8.
Professor Spector said: “Having peaked at the end of October, cases coming down across most areas of the UK, is good news but the numbers are still high in most areas, and with a prevalence of over 500,000 infected people there is still a lot of virus in the population.
“On Thursday we reported that the R value was below 1 across all UK nations for the first time and we need this trend to continue.
“A caution is that rates are still increasing in the Midlands for reasons that are unclear. We aren’t out of trouble yet, but with numbers falling and the news of a vaccine, it feels like the end is in sight.”
Source: All Football