There is evidence from national data that many people are still being cautious in taking advantage of the relaxation of lockdown measures. Google community mobility data suggests that many people are still working from home if they can. There is also likely to be some reduction in virus transmission in summer as the virus survives less well at this time of year, people spend more time outdoors, and schools, colleges, and universities are closed for the summer. Vaccinations are also helping to slow transmission. Despite this, the rate of infection among people over 60 is increasing, the overall rate of infection is not low, and hospitals are still managing a significant number of people with Covid-19 along with other pressures.
7-day case figures:
- Week ending 21 August: infection rate per 100,000 – 265.3 (506 new cases).
- Week ending 14 August: infection rate per 100,000 – 287.9 (549 new cases).
- Week ending 7 August: infection rate per 100,000 – 323.0 (617 new cases).
- Week ending 31 July: infection rate per 100,000 – 275.9 (527 new cases).
Please keep taking action to help drive transmission down:
• Wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
• Meet outside as much as possible and/or let in fresh air
• Minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
• Continue to wash or clean your hands frequently.