UK’s daily Covid cases plunge by 38% in a week to lowest level in a MONTH following No10’s decision to end free testing
- Another 50,202 positive SARS-CoV-2 tests were registered by UK Health Security Agency bosses today
- Experts say the daily counts are now ‘completely irrelevant’, however, because they rely entirely on testing
- Tory MPs today insisted ‘it’s time to stop’ the constant cycle of updates because they ‘are of little interest’
Daily Covid cases have plunged to their lowest level in a month in Britain following No10’s decision to scrap free testing.
Another 50,202 positive tests were logged by UK Health Security Agency bosses today, down 38 per cent on last week’s tally. It marks the smallest daily tally since March 4.
Experts say the daily counts are now ‘completely irrelevant’, however, because they rely entirely on testing. Tory MPs today insisted that ‘it’s time to stop’ the constant cycle of updates because they ‘are of little interest’ and ‘in isolation tell us nothing’.
Swabbing rates were declining in England even before the Government chose to axe its £2billion-a-month mass-testing programme forever on April 1. But rates have since plunged further.
Separate Covid-tracking surveillance projects, which show infections have hit pandemic highs and are yet to slow down, are based on tens of thousands of random tests.
UKHSA officials today also registered 368 deaths, in the highest daily toll since early February, while another 2,378 hospital admissions were recorded across the UK. Both measurements were up slightly week-on-week.
However, both figures — which tend to spike weeks after any increase in cases — are counts of patients who have tested positive for the virus, and don’t necessarily equate to patients who have been killed or left severely ill from the illness.
More than half of Covid ‘patients’ in hospital are primarily being treated for other reasons, like a broken leg, other data shows. And the virus is not the underlying cause of death in up to a third of all fatalities.
Critics say that the rise in so-called ‘incidental’ figures, driven by the sheer prevalence of the now-dominant BA.2, is skewing the Government’s daily coronavirus statistics. Omicron’s milder nature and the sky-high immunity rates, from the mammoth vaccination drive and repeated waves, have drastically blunted the threat the virus poses.