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expert reaction to latest stats from the ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey, UK: 5 August 2022

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), have released the latest data from their COVID-19 Infection Survey.


Prof Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine, UEA, said:

“Up to about 2 weeks ago the proportion of people testing positive for covid was continuing to fall in all four nations.  More recent data from the DHSC dashboard published on Wednesday, the ZOE app (published today) and NHS England hospital activity figures (published yesterday) show that infections and hospital admissions are continuing to fall in the time period since the most recent data included in today’s ONS bulletin.  Even deaths within 28 days of a positive test are now falling.  At present there are no variants that I can see in the COG UK data that are bucking the trend.  Even the BA.2.75 “Centaurus” lineage is not increasing, so hopefully this decline will be sustained for several weeks yet.”



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