CORONAVIRUS cases have fallen in every region in England, official data has revealed.
Public Health England (PHE) figures show that infections have fallen for the seventh week in a row in every age group.
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The graph above shows how cases have fallen in every region in EnglandCredit: gov.uk
The map above shows where cases are highest. Areas shaded in light blue or green have the lowest number of cases – the areas shaded in yellow and orange have higher infection ratesCredit: Phe
Key findings from PHE also state that hospitalisations and ICU admissions have also decreased.
It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock this week revealed that the vaccine rollout is working against Covid-19.
On Monday he said that “a single shot of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine or of the Pfizer vaccine works against severe infection among the over-70s with a more than 80 per cent reduction in hospitalisations”.
So far in the UK over 20.9 million people have received their first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech jab or the Oxford/AstraZeneca offering with over 900,000 having had their second.
The PHE report also states that the number of deaths among confirmed Covid-19 cases continued to decrease.
As of 9am on March 2, the report stated that 3,668,620 people had tested positive for Covid-19.
This graph shows how infections have fallen in all age groupsCredit: gov.uk
This is slightly down from the figure reported in last week’s surveillance report of 3,622,085.
Commenting on the results PHE’s medical director, Dr Yvonne Doyle said while they were encouraging, Brits needed to continue to follow the rules.
She said: “We should all be encouraged that case and hospitalisation rates continue to fall across all ages and regions, this is down to everyone’s hard work.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s road map out of lockdown begins next week with the reopening of schools.
From then – if cases continue to fall, more areas of society will open up gradually.
Dr Doyle said the virus has not gone away and has the potential to return if we do not follow the rules.
She added: “The simplest way to keep infection rates down is to reduce your contacts, but if you are seeing people outside your household then keep your distance, wear a face covering if you are in a small space and was your hands regulary.
“I urge you to keep going for the time being, it will save lives”.
Hospital admissions have fallen in every age group in EnglandCredit: gov.uk
Hospital admission rates have fallen across every region in England – the data shows 29 June to Feb 28Credit: gov.uk
The data from PHE comes after England’s biggest virus infection survey has shown very early signs that the outbreak is growing again in some parts of the country, possibly because people are letting the guard down.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock pleaded with everyone to “remain vigilant” on the back of the findings from the REACT-1 study, run by Imperial College London.
He said: “There is some cause for concern that our hard-won progress may be slowing down, and even reversing in some regions so it is important we remain vigilant – this is on all of us.”
Mr Hancock reminded people to “stay at home” and “remember the virus is still here, and still dangerous”.
Cases of Covid have shown a slight uptick in London and the South East
Infections seem to be rising in the west and south of London, as well as the northern parts of the South East.
They are still declining in the north and east of London, however.
Researchers urged the public not to relax too soon while vaccinations are still being given, with almost 21 million doses given out so far.
Professor Paul Elliot, director of the React study and chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Imperial College London, said: “We do need to keep going and pay attention to the public health measures.
“People might think they can relax because the vaccine programme is going so well.
“But there is still a lot of virus out there and if people change their behaviours a little bit, then they’re going to be more at risk of getting infection.
“We want to protect as many people as possible, and at the moment there are a lot of people who haven’t been vaccinated. But they will get vaccinated very shortly.
“So here is this window where if we can just all stick together, and pay attention to the lockdown rules, then hopefully we can minimise the number of infections before everyone who needs or wants a vaccine, gets a vaccine.”