Coronavirus UK news – Covid case numbers ‘better than anyone hoped’ thanks to vaccines amid calls to end lockdown early

CORONAVIRUS case numbers in the UK are “better than anybody was expecting”, it was revealed today.

Yesterday, deaths dropped by 37 per cent in a week with 343 fatalities recorded.

Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Edinburgh Uni and a Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group member, said the new data showed Britain should end lockdown early.

“The data are indeed looking better than the models were predicting and – to the best of my knowledge – better than anyone was expecting,” he told The Telegraph.

“If the phrase ‘data-driven not date-driven’ has any meaning, then it must allow for the schedule for relaxing restrictions to be brought forward if the data are better than expected and not just putting the schedule back if the data are worse than expected.”

Although he urged caution on the risks of relaxing measures too soon, Woolhouse said there was “a public health imperative to relax measures as soon as it is safe to do so”.

Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, of the University of Cambridge, also said new data showed that deaths in the over-65s, many of whom have now been jabbed, are now halving every week. 

He added: “We all sort of hoped something like this might happen – but frankly it is better than anyone expected.”

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Coronavirus UK news – Covid case numbers ‘better than anyone hoped’ thanks to vaccines amid calls to end lockdown early