COVID-19 infections have fallen by 30% during England’s month-long national lockdown and the virus is now in retreat according to a large-scale study of more than 100,000 volunteers.
England began its second national lockdown on November 5 to curb rapidly rising infections and protect the NHS. The country is due to return to a regional approach to restrictions on December 2.
Levels of infection fell 30%, with 96 people per 10,000 infected between November 13 and November 24, according to interim results of the study by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI.
The last iteration of the research, carried out between October 16 and November 2, showed 130 infections per 10,000 people.
“The findings show cases were rising as the country entered lockdown, but this was followed by a decrease as national measures successfully lowered infection rates across the country,” said a statement issued by the health department said.
The reproductive number of the virus was estimated at 0.88, reinforcing data released on Friday which showed infection numbers were shrinking by between 0% and 2% every day.
While the statement says the prevalence of the disease is still high, it shows a sharp decrease in several areas of northern England which are due to enter the toughest tier of restrictions next week.