The number of daily Covid infections has continued to fall, with 29,173 new cases recorded across the UK in the last 24 hours.
It is the fifth consecutive day they have dropped, but experts have urged caution before more data becomes available on how ‘freedom day’ has affected infections.
Figures on the number of coronavirus deaths is not yet available as the Government dashboard is experiencing delays.
Professor Adam Kucharski yesterday said that while ‘early signs’ suggest transmission rates appear to be falling, we have yet to see the impact of last Monday’s ‘big reopening’, adding: ‘We’ve seen false peaks before.’
The epidemiologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told the BBC: ‘Of course that change on Monday, that big reopening, has not yet shown up in the data.
‘So I think the next week or two is going to be crucial to know if this is genuinely a slowdown of a potential peak, or if we’ve got more transmission to come.’
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