Expert claims data shows UK is not at the start of a second wave
The UK is not at the beginning of a second coronavirus wave, and is still trying to end the first, new data suggests.
There were 1,434 daily new cases in the UK on average over the two weeks up to August 8, excluding care homes, according to the latest Covid Symptom Study app figures.
The latest figures are based on the data from 10,988 swab tests taken between July 26 and August 8.
The latest prevalence figures estimate that 24,131 people in the UK currently have symptomatic Covid-19.
According to the data, the amount of symptomatic coronavirus nationally has remained stable.
The numbers are still higher in the North of England but have slightly decreased since last week.
The figure does not include long-term Covid-19 sufferers.
The Covid Symptom Study app’s prevalence estimate is lower, but still within the confidence bounds of the most recent ONS Infection survey last week, with an estimated 28,300 people in England during the one-week period from July 27 to August 2.
Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, said: “It’s encouraging to see that the numbers are coming down slightly across the UK and that the isolated outbreaks in the North of England appear to be well contained so far.
“This is further confirmation that we aren’t at the beginning of a second wave and rather, still trying to end the first. The figures also suggest that the outbreaks we are seeing in other countries such as Belgium, France and Spain aren’t having an effect here in the UK yet.
“On top of this, the hot weather which caused concern by making many flock to crowded beaches and parks doesn’t seem to be having the predicted negative impact.
“Overall, we are pleasantly surprised by the figures this week, which are back down to the early July levels and hope that the good news continues.”