Signs UK coronavirus outbreak slowing as third of infected ‘show no symptoms’
A top coronavirus advisor to the Government has claimed there are signs the UK’s outbreak appears to be slowing down.
Professor Neil Ferguson said the UK is showing early indications its Covid-19 infection rate is dropping.
He said different parts of the country appear to be experiencing the pandemic at different rates but overall NHS hospital admission rates are declining.
The Imperial College London professor said the virus has not yet “plateaued” so the infection numbers are increasing each day.
But he claimed “the rate of that increase has slowed”.
Professor Ferguson said the decline could absolutely be attributed to strict social distancing measures brought in by the Government a week ago.
He told the BBC: "In the UK we can see some early sings of slowing in some indicators – less so deaths because deaths are lagged by a long time from when measures come in force.
"But if we look at the numbers of new hospital admissions, that does appear to be slowing down a bit now.
"It has not yet plateaued, so still the numbers can be increasing each day but the rate of that increase has slowed."
Professor Ferguson added that antibody tests, which would reveal who had unknowingly been infected by the virus and recovered, should "hopefully" be available in just a few days.
He estimated up to a third of Brits could have had coronavirus already, but have shown “no symptoms”.
The professor said the antibody tests would provide vital information and could show a further decline in critical confirmed cases as the disease affects people differently.
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Using London as an example, he said it was likely to have seen up to 5% of the population infected.
He added: “It is quite clear across the country, the epidemic is in different stages in different parts of the country
"In central London it could be as many as 3% to 5% of the population has been infected – maybe more in individual hot spots.
“In the country as a whole in the UK, maybe 2% or 3%."
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