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Source: United Kingdom – Executive Government & Departments

The government have released the latest data on the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the UK. 

Prof James Naismith FRS FRSE FMedSci, Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, and University of Oxford, said:

“The rise in cases is yet further confirmation that the virus is spreading rapidly.  This will result in increased pressure on hospitals, more serious illness and a rise in deaths which will bring tragedy.  Scientific and medical advances will lower the toll.  We all need to do our part.

“Although a high number, we are experiencing only a fraction of the cases in spring.  The fact that we will soon set a record of daily cases is because we did not measure in March.

“The pattern of daily numbers suggests oddities on testing and reporting.  Yesterday saw a much larger increase.  This means identifying a trend based on simply taking two daily numbers is unreliable.  This is to be regretted.  Trends in the seven day averages may be a more reliable guide to trends.  The ONS sampling series is a very reliable guide but has a lag.”

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