Jan 29, 2021

Covid infections remain high but stable

The number of Covid infections remained virtually unchanged in the week to 23 January, Office for National Statistics figures suggest. These figures may be skewed by people coming forward for testing in large numbers around the Christmas period, with numbers of tests conducted falling after the first week of January. The ZOE app's symptom study had suggested a larger fall in previous weeks but its data suggested this decline was slowing and infections remained high. Government data shows the number of new patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus is gradually falling, but the total number of Covid patients remains high and has not yet really begun to come down. Even after infections and, a little later, hospitalisations fall, Covid patients can remain sick for some time and so the pressure on the NHS isn't beginning to ease just yet.

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