The number of people dying from coroanvirus has fallen in all regions across England, though infection rates have increased.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show deaths involving Covid-19 have decreased to levels lower than at the start of the outbreak in March.
The mortality rate is highest in the north-west, where some areas are coming out of local lockdowns after weeks of restrictions. There were 2.8 deaths involving Covid-19 per 100,000 of population for the North West, down from 9.2 in June.
The South West had the lowest mortality rate, with 0.3 deaths per 100,000 population, down from 2.1 in June.
The number of people dying has also dropped significantly in London, the former epicentre of the UK’s coronavirus outbreak. The rate was 1.2 for July, down from 3.1 in June.
Though the number of deaths are falling, cases began edging up in the UK in July, when lockdown was substantially lifted. The ONS say there is evidence of a ‘small increase’ in the percentage of people testing positive, but that this continues to level off.
A number of areas have seen a spike in infections, with Birmingham and Northampton the latest places affected.
Researchers behind the Covid Symptom Tracker app project, run by King’s College London, said flat and shrinking data shows that even as local outbreaks pop up around the country, these don’t seem to be spreading and impacting the national situation.
According to the Department of Health, the number of daily cases rose to 1,522 in 24 hours on Wednesday – the highest tally since mid-June.
Testing has increased over recent weeks, meaning more people with the virus are being detected.
This comes as the government faces backlash for telling people to go back to work or risk losing their jobs.
Boris Johnson is launching a campaign to get Brits back into office as ministers warn working from home will make them more ‘vulnerable’ to being sacked. The push to get people back into the office is set to begin after schools reopen next week.
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