Covid outbreaks are SEVEN TIMES smaller in some areas

Ministers are facing mounting calls for the parts of England with the smallest coronavirus outbreaks to be released from lockdown earlier with official data showing cases in the worst-hit areas are seven times higher than in others. Department of Health data showed Devon, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight recorded fewer than 50 infections per … Read more

Covid outbreaks have shrunk in all but TWO areas of England, Public Health England report reveals

Britain’s coronavirus outbreak has plummeted to its lowest levels since September — before the second wave spiralled out of control, official data revealed today.  Department of Health bosses recorded 12,057 new infections, marking a 10.6 per cent drop from last Thursday. Another 454 deaths were also announced, a 33 per cent fall on last week.  … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Study finds no evidence schools drive Covid outbreaks

There is no evidence that having schools open drives the spread of coronavirus in the wider community in the UK, SAGE scientists have found. In a study of pupil and teacher absences caused by positive Covid tests, researchers said confirmed infections in schools did not lead to bigger outbreaks. Instead, they said there were small … Read more

Offices saw more than 500 Covid outbreaks in six months last year

All but five local authorities in England saw coronavirus infections fall last week, official data shows in the clearest sign yet that cases are trending downwards across the country during lockdown.  Public Health England figures published today reveal 144 out of 149 areas (97 per cent) recorded a drop in weekly positive tests in the … Read more

UK coronavirus: Outbreaks must be controlled during vaccine roll-out to avoid mutations

Britain must keep Covid under wraps during the vaccine roll-out or it risks allowing the virus to mutate and render the jabs useless, an expert has warned. Dr Christina Pagel, a health and mathematics researcher based at University College London, said allowing the virus to continue to spreading could give the coronavirus more time to … Read more

Care home Covid cases TRIPLE in a month: MOST outbreaks are among elderly residents

Covid outbreaks in care homes have more than trebled in a month meaning infection levels are now similar to the peak of the first wave amid growing fears residents are not being given the vaccine fast enough.  Date from Public Health England (PHE) reveals that in the week to January 14, there were 977 outbreaks … Read more

PHE data shows coronavirus outbreaks in homes more than doubled over New Year period

Coronavirus outbreaks in care homes more than doubled in a fortnight over the New Year period, after it emerged that only ten per cent of residents had been vaccinated. According to data from Public Health England, there were 503 reports of Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes in England in the week up to January 3, … Read more

Schools have been to blame for three times more Covid outbreaks than hospitals since October

Schools have triggered three times more Covid outbreaks than hospitals since October, official figures show as Boris Johnson today prepared to shut all classrooms until next month.  Public Health England reports reveal 26 per cent of investigated Covid infection clusters — or 2,722 out of 10,000 — were linked to nurseries, primaries, secondaries and universities over the … Read more

New coronavirus variant has triggered ‘explosive’ outbreaks in London schools

New coronavirus variant has triggered ‘explosive’ outbreaks in schools in London and the South East, says ‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson as he warns the strain has likely spread all over Europe already Prof Ferguson said there’d been ‘anecdotal reports’ of ‘more explosive’ clusters Data has suggested children more susceptible to new, rapidly-spreading variant  Also suggested every EU … Read more

Confirmed Covid-19 cases and outbreaks were low in schools and nurseries in England in summer

There were ‘very few’ coronavirus outbreaks in schools and nurseries that re-opened during the summer term, Government research has found. Only 55 clusters of Covid were recorded in educational settings across England in the seven weeks to July 17, when No10 began the phased reopening of schools. Researchers led by a team at Public Health England … Read more